Rays Fan Fest will include opener talk, game show, goat yoga, photo ops and more

The Feb. 9 Fan Fest at the Trop is still free, but you do need a ticket this year.
FanFest usually attracts a good crowd of Rays fans to Tropicana Field. [Times files 2013]
FanFest usually attracts a good crowd of Rays fans to Tropicana Field. [Times files 2013]
Published February 1
Updated February 1

The Rays released more information today on their Feb. 9 Fan Fest at the Trop:

Among the more interesting details/activities:

* MLB Network host Brian Kenny, manager Kevin Cash, and GM Erik Neander in a panel discussion on use of the opener pitching strategy, which Kenny had previously advocated.

* A "game show" segment featuring personable (and tall) pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Ryne Stanek.

* Rays players will play games such as foosball, billiards, pop-a-shot, air hockey, giant Jenga, ping pong against fans.

* The opportunity for photos with "a larger-than-life Snell bobblehead" and oversized player emojis.

* Free goat yoga sessions. (Yes, that's a thing.)

* The clubhouse corner area offers game-used equipment and jerseys and autographed memorabilia for sale, and the charity yard sale features unique items from the team's past for $5, with proceeds to the team foundation. No cash sales, remember, under the new Trop policy.

Also of note:

* A limited number of autograph passes are available Matt Duffy, Joey Wendle, Ryan Yarbrough and Mike Zunino, with the $25 fee going to the Rays Baseball Foundation. Also available for $50, a seat in the gallery to watch the sold out Blake Snell video game competition and an autograph. See raysbaseball.com/fanfest.

* SS Willy Adames and LHP Ryan Yarbrough will read to kids to promote the annual Reading with the Rays program.

* More than 30 former big-leaguers, including ex-Rays such as Dewon Brazelton, Toby Hall, Roberto Hernandez and Seth McClung, will be signing autographs for free.

* Parking and admission are free for the 11-3 event, but fans 18 and older must have a ticket, mobile or printed, available at raysbaseball.com/fanfest.

* Other activities include a fashion show unveiling new spring and regular season merchandise; a social media zone; a Raymond magic show; tours of the Rays clubhouse; appearances by players from the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team, which the Rays bought; panel discussions; on-field clinics for kids along with speed pitch, batting cages and a home run derby area. There are a number of additional activities for season-ticket holders, including early admission at 10 a.m.

Here are the Rays players expected to attend (subject to change):

Willy Adames
Anthony Banda
Jalen Beeks
Anthony Bemboom
Diego Castillo
Yonny Chirinos
Nick Ciuffo
Jake Cronenworth
Matt Duffy
Jake Faria
Mike Franco
Avisaíl García
Ian Gardeck
Ian Gibaut
Tyler Glasnow
Guillermo Heredia
Brent Honeywell Jr.
Mac James
Kevin Kiermaier
Andrew Kittredge
Adam Kolarek
Charlie Morton
Emilio Pagán
Michael Perez
Tommy Pham
Austin Pruitt
Daniel Robertson
Casey Sadler
Blake Snell
Nick Solak
Ryne Stanek
Andrew Velazquez
Joey Wendle
Kean Wong
Hunter Wood
Ryan Yarbrough
Mike Zunino

Rays coaches
Kevin Cash
Kyle Snyder
Ozzie Timmons

And here are the former big-leaguers, slated to sign autographs for free, ex-Rays marked with an asterisk, also subject to change:

Neil Allen
Craig Anderson
Jim Archer
Carl Boles
Dewon Brazelton*
Lance Carter*
Casey Cox
Orestes Destrade
Mike Devereaux
Mike DiFelice*
Rich Folkers
Wayne Garrett
Toby Hall*
Roberto Hernandez*
Tom Hume
Reggie Jefferson
Jason Johnson*
Seth McClung*
Tom Niedenfuer
John O'Donoghue
Jim Perry
Gary Peters
Dennis Rasmussen
Rick Reichardt
Bryan Rekar*
Richie Scheinblum
Bob Stinson
Brian Stokes*
Anthony Telford
Rich Thompson*
Brian Tollberg
Doug Waechter*
Mark Whiten

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