Jul 3, 2013

David Price Cy Young Figurine Giveaway

To celebrate the return of David Price to the Tampa Bay Rays pitching rotation, we have decided to give away a David Price Cy Young Figurine. After a performance like he gave tonight, how could we not!?

The contest will run until midnight on 7/7/13. Entrants are required to Like Rays Rally on Facebook. Entrants may gain other entries by following @RaysRally on Twitter, Tweeting about the giveaway (1x per day) & commenting on this post. See the Rafflecopter widget below for more details.
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Jun 11, 2013

Breaking Down The Rays First Round Pick Nick Ciuffo

Fans of the Rays know by now that in order for this team to compete for the World Series, they need to draft well. That is why last week’s draft was so important for the franchise, as they continue to pour a lot of resources into scouting. There is plenty to love about Nick Ciuffo, and the club decided to take the high school catcher with their first round pick. What does the future hold for the South Carolina native?
First and foremost, drafting a catcher can be risky, but Ciuffo has the bat, the glove and the athleticism to be a solid pick. He is most known for his defense and arm right now, but he projects as a solid hitter who could provide value at the plate as well.

Most high school catchers are not nearly as disciplined and as skilled receiving the ball as he is. He already does a great job framing the ball and calling a game, and those skills are harder to teach to youngsters. His blocking is above average, but should get better when he actually starts playing in the system.
Ciuffo’s arm is the one tool that really sets him apart. He has great footwork, a quick release and it comes easy for him. Most scouts give his arm a perfect grade, and he has the chance to have one of the best arms of his era behind the dish. All of this will be getting fantasy baseball players excited about his prospects, but he isn't a finished product yet.

His hitting is slightly ahead of schedule, but it is what will keep him in the minors until probably 2017. For one, he is just an 18 year old kid who needs to get repetitions at the pro level. Since he is a catcher, it will take him a longer time to get through the system. It is hard to truly project just how good he will be, but many felt he was the best long-term prospect at his position in the draft. The Rays have lacked a talented homegrown catcher in their system, so he could be the answer down the road.

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Jun 5, 2013

Renew Your Vows With The Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have held many great in-game promotions this season, but this one takes the wedding cake. After the June 15th game against the Kansas City Royals, Rays fans will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows on the field at Tropicana Field. It isn't very often that you will get a chance to renew your dedication to your first love while enjoying the rush and excitement of your second.

In order to participate, fans must purchase a set of wristbands for $30 that will get them:
  • Post game access to the field to say their "I Do's"
  • A ceremony performed by a Rays talent personality
  • A pair of Rays Champagne Flutes
To purchase your wristbands or for more details, please visit raysbaseball.com/renewyourvows.

Rays Renew Your Vows
*Please note that Renew Your Vows wristbands do not give you access to the game. Wristbands must be purchased in addition to game tickets & the deadline to buy is 6/13/13.

Apr 5, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays Play Against The Tampa Bay Damage Paintball Team

We all know Kyle Farnsworth is a huge fan of paintball, but apparently he is no longer alone on the Tampa Bay Rays. On the team's first day off during spring training, several of the players went out to play some paintball with the Tampa Bay Damage.

The Tampa Bay Damage are a professional paintball team representing our local area. The players making it out to participate were David Price, Matt Moore, Jeff Niemann, Kyle Farnsworth, Sean Rodriguez, Tim Beckham, Matt Bushman, Marquis Fleming & Kirby Yates. You can check out their experience in the video below or read about it on Social Paintball.

At 1:19, I hear a scream. Is that David Price??

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Mar 31, 2013

How To See The Rays For The Absolute Cheapest

With Opening Day right around the corner, we thought we would share some of our favorite tips on how to save big on your next trip to Tropicana Field.

The Rays are often named among the most affordable teams in all of major league sports, so we wanted to show you some of the best ways to find the cheapest Rays tickets available.

Direct from the Rays: Tickets as low as $9 - $10.
ScoreBig: Up to 60% off face value.
StubHub: Tickets as low as $9.50.
TicketLiquidator: Tickets as low as $7.
TicketNetwork: Tickets as low as $7.
Craigslist: Be careful with Craigslist, but sometimes you can catch a good deal... especially on last minute tickets.

You can even try to Win Tampa Bay Rays Tickets.

  • For Monday - Saturday games, the first 100 cars with 4 or more people can park for free in team controlled lots.
  • On Sunday games, all cars that contain 4 or more people can park for free in team controlled lots.
  • There is parking available in downtown St. Petersburg at the Al Lang Lot, South Core Garage & Baywalk Garage. These lots are generally cost $5 - $10 and can be cheaper than parking near the stadium. You can then access the Looper Trolley for a ride to the stadium. The shuttle runs 90 minutes before the game and an hour after the game. This option is great if you want to experience downtown after the game.
I talk to many fans and it sometimes surprises me that a lot of people do not know about this next tip. You can bring in your own food into Tropicana Field for Rays games! Your homemade sandwiches, takeout from a local restaurant or even your hot dogs & hamburgers from tailgating are all approved. Below are a few  guidelines:
  • Food must be for individual/family consumption. 
  • Food must be individual servings, wrapped, bagged or contained within a soft-sided container no larger than 16" X 16" X 8".
  • Water bottles must be sealed and no larger than a liter.
  • Children's single serving juice boxes are also permitted. 

 If planned properly, you can take a family of four to a Major League baseball game for only about $60. That assumes 4 tickets at $10 each, free parking & snacks brought from home. This is something that all Rays fans should be happy to cheer about!

If you have your own tips on how to save money when going to Rays games, please share them in the comments below.

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Mar 24, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays Clubhouse

I totally forgot that I took a bunch of pictures from the Rays clubhouse tour I took during Fan Fest. I enjoyed the tour because I think you get a real feel of the culture & mentality that Joe Maddon is trying to instill in his players. I didn't have the best camera with me, so feel free to share if you have any better pictures.

Doin' It "The Rays Way" sign on the way to the dugout.

The daily line-up card for media personnel. We all know this rarely is the same twice! 

Attitude is a Decision sign.

Joe Maddon's office. Notice the wine?

"Integrity has no need of rules." -Albert Camus

"Rules cannot take the place of character." -Alan Greenspan

Gold Glove award, although I could not see who's it was. Helli or Longo?

The post game disco ball. We can only imagine what these parties  look like!

"Fortune favors the bold" & "If you don't like it, pitch better!" signs.

Fernando Rodney & Joel Peralta's lockers.

Jeremy Hellickson's locker.

The Rays coaches dressing room.

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Mar 16, 2013

Rays Rally Opening Day Tailgate Party

Lets get the 2013 season started off right with a tailgate party before the first game of the season. Come hang out with the guys of Rays Rally to eat, drink & be merry before cheering on our Tampa Bay Rays to victory. Please see details below and make sure to RSVP here.

What: We will be grilling, eating & chatting away the final minutes before the start of the 2013 MLB season. We will have:

  • Free hot dogs & snacks depending on how many people RSVP to the event.
  • Games: Cornhole & Ladder Ball (Hillbilly Horse Shoes)
  • Giveaways: If we can get the RSVP total to 25 or more, we will have some items to give away.
  • If you want to cook your own food and do not have a grill, we will have a few available to use.
  • Please BYOB
When: April 2, 2013 from 12:00PM to 2:40PM

Where: We will be in Tropicana Field Parking Lot 6, near the exit at 11th St S & 1st Ave South.

We look forward to meeting many of the dedicated fans of the Rays Republic! Remember to RSVP so we have enough food for everyone that decides to come.

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Feb 9, 2013

How To Turn Your Cat Into DJ Kitty

Love DJ Kitty? We all know you can't exactly steal him home from The Trop, but we did find a way to transform your own feline friend into a close look-alike. All it takes is 3 easy steps!

Step 1: Get your Turntable
In the video played at The Trop, it looks like DJ Kitty is using a DJ Hero Turntable. We found this cat friendly turntable toy made by Suck UK as a good alternative.

Step 2: Accessorize your Turntable
The turntable by Suck UK is great and all, but you may want to make sure people know what team your cat is repping. You can cover up some of the generic pictures on the turntable with a Rays sticker set, like the one below.

Step 3: Dress your Cat for Success
WARNING: Cats are not known to enjoy wearing things. This step is not for the faint of heart!

DJ Kitty looks to be wearing a kids Rays jersey in the rally video, but we found some Rays jerseys for pets that might make for a more affordable option. You can top off the whole look with a kids Rays hat.

VoilĂ ! You now have your own personal DJ Kitty to rally you through the long off season and extended road trips! Please comment with a picture of your cat as DJ Kitty or send your pictures to RaysRally@gmail.com. We will post your DJ Kitty pictures below.

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Feb 7, 2013

Top 100 Sports Blogs to Follow in 2013

Rays Rally was ranked #98 by CouponAudit.com in their list of the top 100 sports blogs to follow in 2013. We are flattered to be on anyone's list and hope to make it worth your while in what promises to be a very exciting 2013 season!

Top 100 Sports blogs to follow
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Jan 31, 2013

Send a Rays Fan to the MLB Fan Cave!

It's that time of year and we have a chance to send a REAL Tampa Bay Rays fan to the MLB Fan Cave in New York City. If you remember last year, the only "Rays fan" that we had to choose from was also a fan of the New York Yankees. I know what you're thinking, and it really isn't possible.

Our Rays representative for the 2013 season is Stephanie Katz (@SkittyKatz) from Lakeland, FL. She is a true Rays die-hard and is also a co-founder of the Rodney's Archery Club (@RACRays). If she makes it to the Fan Cave, she will be one of 9 fans that will "live" in the cave and attempt to watch every game of the 2013 MLB season. The cave dwellers will chronicle their experiences for all to see and compete in challenges until there is only one fan left.

Please follow our lead by voting for Stephanie to represent us in the MLB Fan Cave. There is no limit to how many times you can vote, so vote now & vote often! It's time to to get our fan base into the positive national spotlight!

Vote Here! (If you refresh the page, you can vote multiple times pretty quickly.)

Follow the voting progress with Twitter Hashtag #VoteSkitty.

Jan 22, 2013

Rays Fan Fest 2013

It's almost here! The Rays announced today that the 2013 Fan Fest will be held on February 16th at Tropicana Field. Below are some highlights of things you need to know for the event.

Date: February 16, 2013
Time: 10AM - 4PM
(9AM entry for Season Ticket Holders)
Admission & Parking are FREE!
  • Rays Yard Sale - Contains unique memorabilia dating back to the inaugural season.
  • Joe Maddon's Thanksmas - Tickets go on sale to public on 1/25
  • Free autographs from TV/Radio Personalities & 25 former MLB players
  • MetroPCS Call-A-Friend Stage (Schedule TBA)
  • Current Rays Player & Coach Autograph lines ($50 / $20 for Season Ticket Holders) (Schedule TBA)
  • Exclusive Player Autograph Opportunities ($50 off for Season Ticket Holders)
  • Photo Lines (Season Ticket Holders only)
  • Fan Fest Ticket Packs to be sold
  • Clubhouse Tours
  • Panel Discussions
  • Player Hi-Five Station
  • Reading With The Rays
  • & Much More!

Kids Activity Schedule
Kids Run the Bases 9:00AM - 11:45AM
Raymond and DJ Kitty Photo Opp 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Family Feud 10:45AM - 11:15AM
Fielding Clinic 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Raymond and DJ Kitty Appearance 11:30AM - 12:00PM
Player Appearance 11:45AM - 12:15PM
Hitting Clinic 12:15PM - 12:45PM
Reading with the Rays 12:30PM - 12:50PM
Kids Run the Bases 12:45PM - 4:00PM
Coach Appearances 1:00PM - 1:30PM
Player Appearances 1:15PM - 3:45PM
Reading with the Rays 1:30PM - 1:45PM
Raymond and DJ Kitty Appearance 1:30PM - 2:00PM
Player appearance 2:00PM - 2:30PM
High Five Station 2:15PM - 2:45PM
Pitching Clinic 3:00PM - 3:30PM
Reading with the Rays 3:15PM - 3:35PM
Player Appearance 3:15PM - 3:45PM
Raymond and DJ Kitty Appearance 3:30PM - 4:00PM

MetroPCS Call-A-Friend Schedule

Autograph Line Schedule
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Jason Bourgeois, Tim Beckham, Leslie Anderson, Cole Figueroa, Nick Weglarz, Rich Thompson

11:30 PM - 12:30 PM: Wil Myers, Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, Shelley Duncan

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM: Chris Archer, Craig Albernaz, Cesar Ramos, Jake Odorizzi, Shawn O’Malley, Frank De Los Santos, Josh Lueke, Matt Joyce

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM: Evan Longoria, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, Don Zimmer, Jose Molina

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM: Jake McGee, Chris Gimenez, Kyle Farnsworth, Jeff Niemann, Jose Lobaton, Robinson Chirinos, Alex Cobb, Mike Montgomery

2:30 PM - 3 PM : Ben Zobrist, Fernando Rodney, Luke Scott, Desmond Jennings, David Price

3 PM - 3:45 PM: Mike Fotenot, Matt Buschmann, James Loney, Felipe Rivero, Will Inman, Enny Romero, Alex Torres, Sam Fuld

Jan 6, 2013

Rays 2013 Spring Training Schedule

If you're anything like me, Spring Training cannot come fast enough! Well it should comfort you a little to know that it is right around the corner. Below are some important Spring Training dates along with the Rays full preseason schedule.

February 12- Pitchers & Catchers Report
February 16- Full Squad Reports (2013 Fan Fest)

Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Schedule
Feb 23, 20131:05 PMPirates*Charlotte Sports Park
Feb 23, 20131:35 PMRed Sox*JetBlue Park
Feb 24, 20131:05 PMTwinsLee County Sports Complex
Feb 25, 20131:05 PMRed Sox*Charlotte Sports Park
Feb 26, 20131:05 PMAstros*Charlotte Sports Park
Feb 27, 20131:05 PMPiratesMcKechnie Field
Feb 28, 20131:05 PMTigersCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 01, 20131:05 PMBlue JaysFlorida Auto Exchange Stadium
Mar 02, 20131:05 PMOriolesCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 03, 20131:05 PMTwinsCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 04, 20131:35 PMRed SoxJetBlue Park
Mar 05, 20131:05 PMTwinsLee County Sports Complex
Mar 07, 20131:05 PMPiratesMcKechnie Field
Mar 08, 20131:05 PMPhilliesCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 09, 20131:05 PMPhilliesBright House Field
Mar 10, 20131:05 PMRed SoxCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 11, 20137:05 PMTwinsCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 12, 20131:05 PMYankeesCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 14, 20131:05 PMOriolesEd Smith Stadium
Mar 15, 20131:05 PMPhilliesCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 16, 20131:05 PMRed SoxCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 17, 20131:35 PMRed SoxJetBlue Park
Mar 19, 20131:05 PMTigersJoker Marchant Stadium
Mar 20, 20137:05 PMTwinsLee County Sports Complex
Mar 21, 20131:05 PMBlue JaysCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 22, 20131:05 PMOrioles*Charlotte Sports Park
Mar 22, 20131:05 PMPirates*McKechnie Field
Mar 23, 20131:05 PMTwinsCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 24, 20131:05 PMYankeesGeorge M. Steinbrenner Field
Mar 25, 20137:05 PMPiratesCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 26, 20131:05 PMPhilliesBright House Field
Mar 27, 20131:05 PMBlue JaysCharlotte Sports Park
Mar 28, 20137:05 PMOriolesEd Smith Stadium
Mar 29, 20131:05 PMTigersJoker Marchant Stadium
Mar 30, 20131:10 PMTigersTropicana Field
Dates, Times & Locations are schedule to change.
BOLD = Home Game
* = Split Squad


Charlotte Sports Complex Address & Map
2300 El Jobean Rd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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