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Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Tickets

Baseball has been around in the U.S. for almost 225 years, but the Tampa Bay Rays have only been playing since 1998. However, the team has a history and tradition just as rich as the oldest of Major League Baseball’s clubs. The Rays became the 13th overall expansion team for the MLB in 1995 and the 15th franchise to join the American League. The team has been constantly evolving ever since the first pitch of its debut season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. If you want to see a great baseball team with a lot of heart , buy yourself some Tampa Bay Rays tickets.

2008 season
It took 10 seasons for the Rays to go on a winning streak that led them to the World Series, but the ‘08 season still took many fans by surprise.

These former underdogs became the American League champions in 2008 - going from last to first place in a season packed with excitement. The Rays play in the East Division of the American League, which is considered the toughest in all of the MLB, as they face perennial rivals like the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Before the beginning of the storied season, the Rays manager of just three years, Joe Maddon, gave the players a motto to live by: 9=8.

The phrase means nine teammates playing nine full innings together can become one of the eight teams to make it to the playoffs. The motto stuck, with players even donning 9=8 T-shirts through the postseason as they ended up with the best record in baseball, beating the Boston Red Sox to clinch the American League pennant. The Rays would go on to the World Series only to fall against the Philadelphia Phillies three games to two in the series.

Name change
The Tampa Bay Rays weren’t always known by this name. In fact, the ‘08 season was the beginning of more than just a winning year. Before late 2007, the team was still known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and with that name change also came new uniforms.

The team needed a “crisp” new image that went along with its home in the Sunshine State, according to principal owner, Stuart Sternberg. So, the Rays dropped the “Devil” from their name along with the manta ray image and replaced it with a sunbeam peeking through the navy and light blues of the new uniforms.

’The Rookie’ 
The Rays also went Hollywood, so to speak, when the film “The Rookie” was released in theaters in 2002. Starring Dennis Quaid in the lead role, the movie tells the true story of Jim Morris, who was originally drafted in the 1980s to play professional baseball, but had to defer his dream after his pitching arm was injured. He still didn’t let it stop him from playing, though, and in 2000, at age 35, Morris took the mound as the pitcher for Tampa.