Ever have one of those ideas that seemed great in your head only to end up being a huge disappointment once implemented? The Tampa Bay Rays had one of those last night for the home opener.
Below is an image of the Rays’ new Sunburst logo “emblazoned” into the center field turf (that’s it on the right side just behind Upton as he runs towards the outfield wall)…
We have seen this implemented in numerous other stadiums using their respective team’s logo. The most memorable is the use of the Red Sox logo often used on the infield at Fenway Park.
The problem with the use of the Sunburst logo at The Trop, is that the logo doesn’t look right in a color other than something resembling “sunlight” colors. In fact, in dark green it either looks like a gigantic “splat” of discolored turf or a giant sinkhole threatening to swallow BJ Upton.
Maybe it would look better if it was on grass and not on the shiny FieldTurf2. Or maybe it would look better if it was bigger. But as it is…it just looks stupid. And trying to replicate the artistic grass cutting seen in other parks on plastic carpet is yet another reason why it is a little silly that a team playing in a DOME has sunlight for a mascot.