ST. PETERSBURG — Chad Mize's doodle designs are everywhere, not just on his murals around town or on pieces in his gallery.
In 2018, he painted them on the sign for the First Base and Third Base Food Halls at Tropicana Field. And now, because of that connection, the doodles have landed on a Tampa Bay Rays snapback hat.
The caps are the giveaway item for kids 14 and younger at the May 12 game against the New York Yankees.
Mize was approached by the Rays in December to create a design for their snapback hat. He worked with team officials to come up with a design that incorporates the Rays colors and the sun ray that's part of their logo. They requested he include the Mr. Sun icon Mize has done on murals and other artwork. And Mize included his signature self-doodle and his moniker, Chizzy. Even the stitched letters on the top of the cap were his design.
Mize said he also proposed patterned pieces, but the Rays wanted the signature doodle style.
Having this kind of exposure is exciting for Mize.
"I like the idea of tapping into a crowd that may not know my name or my brand," Mize said.
If the hat is a success, the team will consider selling it in their merchandise shop.
The Rays shot a video about Mize, which will play on the Jumbotron the day of the game.
The game falls on Mother's Day, and Mize is bringing his mom.
"She's so happy because sports are so near and dear to her heart," he said. "She loves baseball."
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