Tonight is Turn Back the Clock and the Rays will wear 1970’s Tampa Tarpon jerseys. Yes, they are wearing the jersey of a former Red minor league affiliate, and yes that’s kinda weird. But more importantly, the Rays, who have twice previously worn the Tarpons unis (1999, 2006), will take it a step further tonight and don the Tarpons road jersey. As can be seen in the image at right, it says “Tampa” across the front.
This is ironic in that despite the Rays currently having four different jerseys, none say “Tampa Bay” across the front. It is also a shot at the City of St. Pete, as the Rays have made it clear they would like to explore stadium options on the other side of the bay.
Would the Rays threaten to change their name to the Tampa Rays should the City of St. Pete refuse to cooperate? It wouldn’t surprise us. They are clearly showing that there is precedent for a professional sports team in the bay area to completely ignore Pinellas County.
And don’t think this is just a coincidence. Everything the Rays do has a specific purpose and every move is part of a bigger plan.
Of course, the best response from Mayor Bill Foster would be to show up tonight in a St. Pete Pelicans jersey. Those jerseys are much prettier anyway.