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20 years of Rays baseball: 20 memorable front pages

20/20 Vision: As the Rays celebrate their 20th anniversary, a look at the 20 most memorable front pages.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times special section on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, the day of the Ray's first post-season game.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times special section on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, the day of the Ray's first post-season game.
Published Mar. 27, 2018
Updated Aug. 5

ST. PETERSBURG — With the Rays planning a year-long celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Times is taking a look back – with 20 lists of 20 things about those first 20 seasons.

Here are the 20 most memorable front pages from the Times:

The front page of the St. Petersburg Times on Friday, March 10, 1995, the day after Major League Baseball owners voted to award Tampa Bay a franchise.
The front page of a special section of the St. Petersburg Times, published on March 10, 1995, on the occasion of the awarding of a new major league baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The front page of a special commemorative section to the St. Petersburg Times, published on June 20, 1996 on the occasion of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays first Gulf Coast League game.
Front page of the St. Petersburg Times March 31, 1998 extra edition, featuring coverage of the first-ever regualr season game played by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Front page of the St. Petersburg Times for April 1 1998, featuring coverage of the first-ever regular season game for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hello, Big Leagues
The front page of the Sports section of the St. Petersburg Times, published on August 8, 1999, featuring coverage of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Wade Boggs collecting hit number 3,000.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times on Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, the day after new principal owner Stuart Sternberg was introduced in St. Petersburg.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times Sports section on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, the day the Rays clinched their first playoff berth.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times Sports section on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, the day after the Rays clinched their first AL East title.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times special section on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, the day of the Ray's first post-season game.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, the day after the Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to reach the World Series.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times special section on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, the day after the Rays' clinched their first trip to the World Series.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times Sports section on July 27, 2010, the day after Matt Garza threw the first no-hitter in Rays history.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times Sports section on Oct. 4, 2010, the day after the Rays' clinched the AL East title.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times Sports on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, the day after Evan Longoria's home run in the 12th inning capped the Rays' rally from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Yankees 8-7 on the final day of the regular season to make the playoffs.
The cover of the St. Petersburg Times on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, the day after Rays pitcher David Price was awarded the Cy Young Award, becoming the first Tampa Bay pitcher so honored.
The cover of the Tampa BayTimes Sports section on Oct. 1, 2013, the day after the Rays defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2 in a tiebreaker game to qualifiy for the 2013 American League playoffs.
The cover of the Tampa Bay Times Sports section on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, the day after Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and resigned as the Rays manager.
The cover of the Tampa Bay Times Sports section on Dec. 21, 2017, the day after the Rays traded Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants.


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