Rays shortstop Willy Adames waves to a teammate during a spring training workout last month in Port Charlotte.
The shortstop’s personality, demeanor and team-first attitude are key, even with you-know-who lurking.
Season pass holders are receiving invoices for renewal that include ticket price hikes.
The veteran lefty lives up to his reputation for candor and shares how much he has enjoyed fitting in with his new team.
The former UCF star has been recovering from an awful leg injury he suffered against USF in 2018.


  1. Rich Hill had a rough first outing for the Rays Friday against the Red Sox.
  2. Toronto FC's Richie Laryea, left, and Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo celebrates Pozuelo's goal during a November match against Inter Miami in East Hartford, Conn.
  3. Rays shortstop Willy Adames waves to a teammate during a spring training workout last month in Port Charlotte.
  4. Confetti falls through the air as the Bucs celebrate their 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 last month at Raymond James Stadium.
  5. “One of the things that hurt the most was to find out that he was suffering, for whatever reason," friend and business partner Mario Frias said of Vincent Jackson, pictured, "and never reached out to any of us."
  6. Former UCF star McKenzie Milton hasn't played since the end of the 2018 season but is good to go for the start of Florida State's spring practice next week.
  7. Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) plays in an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, in this Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, file photo.
  8. Field judge Steve Currie, left, and line judge Maia Chaka talk between plays while officiating an NCAA college football game between Washington and North Dakota Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Seattle.
  9. NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson is running a partial IndyCar schedule this season, including an appearance in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
  10. Chris Archer, left, and Rich Hill, center, talk with pitching coach Kyle Snyder during the Rays' opening workout in Port Charlotte.
  11. Golden State Warriors guard Brad Wanamaker, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.
  12. Kansas football coach Les Miles, during his tenure at LSU, was accused of kissing a female student and texting her and another from his personal phone.
  13. With stern salary cap limitations looming for 2021, it's unlikely Bucs owner Joel Glazer, left, and general manager Jason Licht will be able to retain all their prominent unrestricted free agents.
  14. Rich Hill is scheduled to make his first Rays appearance Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.
  15. Rich Hill has an impressive 43-22 record with a 2.92 ERA in the past six seasons with four different teams. But Hill, who turns 41 next week, has also been limited to an average of 16 starts a season during that time.
  16. Three weeks shy of his 30th birthday, Ondrej Palat is on pace to set a career high in goals during a shortened 56-game regular season.
  17. The Lightning's Alex Killorn, left, reacts after scoring the game-winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Kevin Lankinen, right, and Adam Boqvist during overtime.
  18. Walter Gretzky, father of Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky, yells encouragement from the stands at the start of the  Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002 in Provo, Utah. Walter Gretzky has died at age 82.
  19. Raptors center Aron Baynes (46) yells as he is fouled by Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the first half Thursday in Boston.
  20. The Lightning will open Amalie Arena to a limited-capacity crowd of no more than 3,800 fans starting with their March 13 game against the Nashville Predators.
  21. Jesuit senior Joe Pesansky gives junior guard William Butler a hug moments after the Tigers lost a Class 5A state semifinal in overtime, 63-57, to Pembroke Pines Charter on Wednesday.
  22. USF's Bethy Mununga, shown here against UCF on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Tampa, grabs a game-high 14 rebounds in a rematch with the Knights on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Orlando.
  23. Luis Patino threw seven of his 10 pitches for strikes in his Rays exhibition debut.
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