Another opening day has arrived, and a sellout crowd is expected at Tropicana Field for the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at 3:10 p.m. today. Before first pitch, there's a street festival in front of Ferg's, the unofficial hangout of Rays fans, starting at 11 a.m. Expect DJs, lots of cheering and plenty of frosty beverages.
Our videographer will be at the Trop to capture the excitement in our #RealRaysFan video. We're inviting you to drop by our Tampa Bay Times kiosk in the main concourse near the Brewhouse restaurant. There, we'll have some cool posters you can use to describe your Rays fandomness. Use one of our fill-in-the-blank ones (Joe Maddon is __________, Rays = ___________ or My favorite Ray is _______) or make up your own (we'll have some Sharpies for you).
Then we'll film you and your sign for a video that we'll be posting on tampabay.com shortly after the game. If you're in the video, share it with your friends using #RealRaysFan. You can also use that hashtag all season long as the Rays battle for the top spot in the AL East.
Meanwhile, to get you in the mood for the game, we're sharing some of our favorite Rays tweets so far today (You might need to scroll down a bit to see them):
Astro knows what time it is!!! Rays fans...STAND UP!!! It's our time to shine and we need each and everyone of you!! twitter.com/DAVIDprice14/s…— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) April 2, 2013
So lucky my dad has season tickets to the Rays games ???— Kelsey Richards (@kelseyrichhh) April 2, 2013
T-minus 7 hours and 25 minutes. #rays— Jorge Salas (@Jorge81394) April 2, 2013
Today's schedule: visit client that had fire, fight with dad, Rays game. Only looking forward to one of these. :-/—??? Kevin ??? (@BaseballMonster) April 2, 2013