St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Schedule
The Trop
The Trop
Getting to the Trop
Best routes
Parking
Interactive
Rays forum
The art of pitching
Links
Devil Rays' official home site
Talk baseball in our Devil Rays forum



printer version

Rays tales

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002


STYLIN': It was a big deal when Hal McRae made the Reds opening-day roster for the first time in 1970, and it meant big changes to his wardrobe. "I remember being told, and I went shopping when I got home," McRae said. "I had to buy some suits."

Styles were a little on the odd side then, and McRae thought he was doing a good job just fitting in. At least until Pete Rose stepped in. "He didn't like what I was wearing, so I said, "Give me some suits to wear,' and he did," McRae said.

But while today's veterans occasionally will take out a rookie and buy him a suit, as Greg Vaughn did last year for Joe Kennedy, Rose wasn't nearly as generous. "Pete didn't take me shopping," McRae said. "He gave me the stuff he no longer was going to wear."

FOUR OUT OF 10: David Letterman had the Rays on his Late Show hit list again last week, picking on them in his Top 10 list for at least the fourth time in the past couple of years.

Of the Top 10 Signs Your Baseball Team Isn't Ready For The Regular Season, No. 2 was "Team name contains the words "Devil" and "Rays."

Of the Top 10 Questions Most often Asked At A 99-Cent Store, No. 8 was "Do these Tampa Bay Devil Rays sweatshirts come in medium?"

Of the Top 10 Signs You're Talking To A Bad Phone Psychic, No. 7 was "Insists you put all of your money on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays."

And of the Top 10 Good Things About Being the Mother of Someone Famous, No. 5 came from Derek Jeter's mom, Dot: "Sometimes when they're playing the Devil Rays, Derek lets me come in for a few innings."

SISKEL AND NAIMOLI: Managing general partner Vince Naimoli attended the New York premiere of The Rookie, the new movie about Jim Morris' journey to join the Rays. "I think Disney's got a real hit on their hands," Naimoli said. "It was uplifting, it was emotional, it had something for every family. I'd give it two thumbs up."

CHARTING

A quick look back at the Rays 2001 leaders:

EXCERPTED

From ESPN analyst Tom Candiotti's preseason analysis: "The Devil Rays are finally on their way to getting it right. They found out the hard way that a lineup of power hitters with low on-base percentages will not get the job done. Now the focus is back on building with youth and catcher Toby Hall is a great start."

ONLINE ITEM OF THE WEEK

A mesh 1998 Rays "prototype" jersey, featuring the rainbow colored logo, a multicolored band on the right sleeve and NAIMOLI 98 on the back, sold on eBay Friday night for $58.

QUOTABLE

"The time has come, ready or not."

-- McRAE, on starting the season

BY THE NUMBERS

Rays games included on national TV schedule

1: Rays players on MLB list of potential 2002 milestones

12: Rays on an opening-day roster for the first time

Back to the Rays
Today's lineup

Rays
  • Everything needs to improve this year
  • Rule 5 helps Rays' Rule 1: proficiency
  • Rays tales


    Rays pre-season special
  • Predictions
  • 10 hot dates at the dome
  • What's new -- and not so new -- at and around the ballpark
  • Rays coaches
  • Yet again, the Yankees are too good to be true
  • AL Capsules
  • NL Capsultes
  • Which team holds the best hand?
  • From Little League to Major League
  • Rays still are on schedule to succeed
  • Should we buy into this?
  • Fantasy Outlook
  • Rays Capsules
  • Joe Buck's considerable talent runs in the family
  • Major League Baseball on TV


    Bucs
  • Comella visits as Alstott waits

  • Lightning
  • Not enough offense to bother Ottawa
  • Ylonen takes Ottawa trade in stride

  • Other sports

    NCAA Tournaments
  • Indiana 73, Oklahoma 64:
  • Maryland 97, Kansas 88:
  • Sooners want respect; Huskies want history
  • Good friends face off in today's final

  • NHL
  • Audette ready to go after frightening skate injury

  • Letters
  • Fans upset with Rays' seat policy

  • Et cetera
  • 2001 champion wins again

  • Boxing
  • Lacy gets challenge, still wins

  • Baseball
  • Around the camps
  • A new season, but not different

  • Tennis
  • Serena completes world sweep
  • Current star faces rising star in Nasdaq final

  • College football
  • Defense, QB praised in USF scrimmage

  • Outdoors
  • Antarctic explorer a hero for all ages
  • Daily fishing report

  • Preps
  • Duo does it for Bulls
  • Terriers' Wood captures long jump title
  • Pitching, defense frustrate Pirates
  • It's time to notice Tornado
  • Cougars better together
  • Four named to all-state first team
  • Duo leads Bloomingdale to title
  • Saldino extra
  • Gryphon deja vu
  • Softball roundup
  • Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
     


     Devil Rays Forums
    From The Wire
  • Players, teams start rush to settle in arbitration
  • AP source: Yankees sign free agent RHP Kuroda
  • AP source: Pineda, Montero in Yanks-Mariners swap
  • Resop, Pirates agree to a one-year deal
  • Zambrano says he's happy with trade to Marlins
  • Report: UK police officer loses Olympics documents
  • Jayhawks send Baylor to first loss of season
  • No. 1 Syracuse at 20-0 after 71-63 win over Pitt
  • Fisher's late 3 pushes Lakers past Mavericks 73-70
  • Westbrook's 3s lead Thunder past Celtics 97-88
  • Djokovic, Williams into Australian Open 2nd round
  • Tebow has earned starting status in 2012
  • Filly Havre de Grace wins Horse of the Year
  • Crosby to meet with specialist as symptoms linger
  • AP Top 25: Syracuse stays on top for 6th week