RAYS: Make it a Boston see party
The Tampa Bay Rays came down to earth recently after being swept at home by the Boston Red Sox, but manager Kevin Cash isn’t discouraged. “Look, we got knocked down,” he told mlb.com. “We’re capable of getting back up.” See if they do this week when they take on those same Sox at Fenway Park in a series Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (4:05) and Sunday (1:05). TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 970-AM. Rays fans can take solace in the fact that we can catch a game on the beach while Boston has deal with chilly spring weather. The RumFish Beach Resort, part of the TradeWinds Island Resorts, hosts a big-screen viewing party on the beach for Sunday’s game with giveaways and food and drink specials. tradewindsresort.com/rays.
BUCS DRAFT PARTY: Their field, your dreams
It’s first draft of the Bruce Arians era and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers new coach is expected to push for some defensive help, especially at linebacker. How will it all play out? Join your fellow fans inside Raymond James Stadium and watch the 2019 NFL Draft from the field on the giant video boards. The event includes appearances by mascot Captain Fear, the Buccaneers cheerleaders, current players and team legends. Free, but registration is required. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 387-6383.
ST. ANTHONY’S TRIATHLON: Not just elite
Meek and Mighty: The triathlon for young athletes features a 100-yard swim, 3.6-mile bike and half-mile run (7 to 10) and a 200-yard swim, 5.4-mile bike and a 1-mile run (11 and older). $55. 7 a.m. Saturday. North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-1521.
Olympic Triathlon: There’s the Olympian main event (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run) that starts at 6:50 a.m. and the Sprint Triathlon (750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run) at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. $90-$160. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-1521.
Over the Edge: Climb to the rooftop of the Hilton and rappel 17 stories to the ground. You can sign up and sponsor your supervisor to “toss your boss.” Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. $1,500 minimum in donations. 9 a.m. Saturday. Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. (727) 351-4669.
Autism Awareness Night: The Tampa Bay Tarpons will host a benefit when they host the Clearwater Threshers. The event features special game-worn baseball jerseys that will be auctioned online at bit.ly/tarpons. The auction lasts until lasts 11:59 p.m. Saturday. $5-$8. 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. (813) 673-3055.