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Rays Fan Fest set for Saturday, and remember you need a ticket

Usual array of interactive events and assorted activities, including goat yoga, are part of 11-3 program.
There was all kinds of fun at the Rays Fan Fest. [Times files]
There was all kinds of fun at the Rays Fan Fest. [Times files]
Published Feb. 9, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG – The first thing you need to know about Saturday’s Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field is that even though it’s still free to get in anyone 18 or older will need a ticket, available at (mobile or printed).

Second is that cash will not be accepted for merchandise, concessions or other items, the first such event under the new Trop policy.

Besides that, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., it will be much of the usual, with Rays players and coaches making appearances and engaging in interactive events, plenty of activities for kids and adults, tickets and merchandise for sale, and baseball in the air.

Among the more interesting: a panel discussion on the opener pitching strategy with MLB Network host Brian Kenny, manager Kevin Cash, and GM Erik Neander; a “game show” segment featuring pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Ryne Stanek; players competing with fans in games such as foosball, billiards, pop-a-shot, air hockey, giant Jenga and table tennis; the opportunity for photos with "a larger-than-life” Blake Snell bobblehead and oversized player emojis; Willy Adames and Ryan Yarbrough reading to kids, and, of course, goat yoga sessions.

Also worth checking out, clubhouse tours, clinics for kids and a sale of game-used equipment, jerseys, autographed memorabilia and odd “yard sale” type items. Plus, some 30 former big-leaguers, including some ex-Rays, will sign autographs for free.


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  3. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka speaks during a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ  |  AP]
  4. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday  in Sarasota. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
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