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Rays rookies dress like girls and sing ‘Call Me Maybe’ for hazing (Video)

The Rays veterans may end up taking the cake this season for most humiliating form of rookie hazing. During their recent road trip to Boston, the Rays rookies were forced to dress up in leotards and wigs and put on a performance of the popular pop song “Call Me Maybe” in front of the Green Monster at Fenway.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the gentleman you hear yelling “Get it girls! Get it girls!” is David Price. The stunt was reportedly the brainchild of James Shields, who also forced players who are not technically rookies — but came into the season with less than a full year of major league experience under their belts —  to participate.

We thought the torture the Marlins put their rookies through in Times Square was brutal, but the Rays may have topped it this week.

Rays fail to turn double play after ball goes through Jeff Keppinger’s glove (Video)

Players make errors all the time. Both physical and mental miscues are a part of the game on a daily basis. Equipment malfunctions — not so much. They do happen, however, as the Rays reminded us during their game against the Royals on Monday night.

In the bottom of the sixth with Tampa Bay leading 5-1 and runners on first and second, a ground ball was hit to short for what appeared to be an easy double play opportunity. The Rays executed the turn to perfection, but the relay throw to first went right through the webbing of Jeff Keppinger’s glove at first. Instead of having two outs with a runner on third, the Royals then had runners on the corners with only one out. Fortunately for Tampa, they got out of the inning anyway and managed to preserve their 5-1 lead the entire way.

We have seen some bizarre plays this season that involve sparks coming out of cleats, but a perfect throw going directly through a first baseman’s glove could be a first for 2012.

H/T Big League Stew

Tampa Bay Rays unveil 1979 ‘throwback’ uniforms (Photo)

What you’re looking at above is Joe Madden proudly modeling the 1979 throwback uniform that the Rays will be wearing for their game against the Tigers on June 30. Now, I know what you’re thinking: The Rays began play in only 1998, and even then they were called the Devil Rays. You would be correct on both accounts. So what gives? Did something suddenly go horribly wrong with the space-time continuum? (Damn it, McFly!) Well, not quite.

It turns out these are “hypothetical” throwbacks that the Rays made up just for their “Turn Back the Clock Night” next week. Why a team younger than Justin Bieber is doing a “Turn Back the Clock Night” for 1979 is beyond me. But at least the Rays are doing it right. Those jerseys scream 1970′s just as much as shag carpet does.

H/T Hot Clicks
Photo via Jonathan Gantt

Rays wore all white for road trip (Picture)

The Tampa Bay Rays know it’s not Labor Day yet, so they decided to get their white clothing in while they had a chance. Yup, for the team’s road trip from New York to Miami, they wore all white. Manager Joe Maddon even wore a bow tie for Dhani Jones like he did last time. Here’s a closer picture of it:

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Rays dress as nerds, wear bow ties to honor Ken Rosenthal (Pictures)

The Rays traveled to Boston on Thursday and wore costumes on their road trip as usual. But this themed road trip was different from their others — it was a tribute to a baseball reporter.

The Rays dressed as nerds to honor FOX Sports MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal, who wears bow ties for charity while reporting on FOX Saturday MLB telecasts.

Like usual, manager Joe Maddon came up with the idea for the road trip. He says he was inspired by his granddaughter.

Maddon called Rosenthal to make sure he was OK with the team’s bow tie tribute, and the reporter gave his approval. The team is donating $3,000 spread to 18 charities — $100 for each bow tie.

Below are more pictures of the Rays in their nerd outfits:

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Tampa Bay strip club offering free drink with a Rays ticket (Picture)

Now we’re talking. The Rays continue to put winning teams on the field year after year despite their amazingly low payroll, but they still struggle to sell tickets. Putting a strip club inside Tropicana Field probably wouldn’t go over all that well, but the Rays are fortunate enough to have a popular local strip club working with them in an attempt to boost sales.

As you can see from the photo above that Darren Rovell shared with us, Thee Dollhouse gentleman’s club in Tampa is offering a free drink for those who can show a Rays ticket. Since the Rays offer tickets for $9.00 and strip clubs typically have astronomically high drink prices, this works out to be a tremendous deal. If someone told you that $9.00 would buy you a baseball game, a drink, and a fantastic show, you probably wouldn’t think twice before opening your wallet. As we learned a month ago from this gesture and we can see again here today, strip clubs just make the world a better place.

Joe Maddon, Evan Longoria, other Rays shave heads for charity (Pictures)

When Joe Maddon announced last week that he would be shaving his head to pay tribute to children with cancer, he vowed to recruit as many of the Rays players and front office members as he could to participate with him. From the look of it, Maddon did a tremendous job. The head shaving commenced Thursday morning as several Tampa Bay players, coaches, and front office workers went under the buzzer, many of the sporting yellow t-shirts that read “Fortune favors the bald.”

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was in attendance while all the trimming and buzzing was going on and did an excellent job of documenting the entire event. Hats off — no pun intended — to the Rays who participated for a great cause. Here are some of the pictures Topkin posted on his Twitter account:

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