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The Rays to wear “fauxback” uniforms on Sunday

Aug 8, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

The Rays have done this before — i.e. wearing “throwback” jerseys to a time when the team did not exist — but I feel like they’re doing it slightly better this time. Here’s the look they’ll sport on Sunday:

The Rays started this in 2012, but with a different color scheme. They wore these as recently as June:

The new ones are just the road variation, I suppose. But they’re a bit better simply because they’re a tad less of a direct Padres ripoff. Still not great, but when your team has as little history as the Rays do, you gotta try things.

  1. jwbiii - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The Rays haven’t been around for long but Tampa has a long history of minor league baseball. This team was an original member of the FSL, founded in 1919.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      lol that’s awesome. Somehow I don’t see that flying today though.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      The Rays did a Smokers throwback in 2011, but eliminated the cigar from it.

      • jwbiii - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        [Some fun internet research later. . ]

        The Rays have also honored the St. Pete Saints (2000, 2007), the University of Tampa (2005), the St. Pete Pelicans (2008), the original Devil Rays (2009), and the Tampa Tarpons (2010) with throwbacks. They seem to have a grasp and appreciation of the area’s baseball history. Good for them.

    • gosport474 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Brings to mind the Tampico Stogies and the great Stud Cantrell.

  2. chrisernst82 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Those sure do bring back some memories! Remember when you could go to watch the Rays and the stadium was packed and you could just feel the excitement!

    • tellyspop - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      When was this?

    • girardisbraces - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      You forgot to use your sarcasm font!

  3. rbj1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    How about a Devil Rays uniform? That at least has some history.

    • dwrek5 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Bring back the Hit Show!!! More like (S)Hit Show…

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      The great state of Florida doesn’t allow public discourse on Satan.

      • tellyspop - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        They walk to and fro upon the earth and now have lawyers.

        http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/10/311300886/florida-rabble-rouser-seeks-to-open-civic-meeting-with-satanist-prayer

    • indaburg - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      History we’d rather forget.

  4. chip56 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Why don’t they just call them what they are: “Desperate Attempt at Marketing” Jerseys.

  5. amhendrick - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    They are fortunate to have avoided the travesty that was 70s-era baseball uniforms. I don’t know why they would want to create something like this.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      The 1970s pullover jerseys with Sansabelt baseball pants and long stirrups were a sight to see. Some weren’t awful but some were so bad that they’re fun to see now. I like what the Rays are doing. Just a fun look back at a history that doesn’t exist. As a few times a year “throwback” I’m all for it.

  6. pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I wonder if this type of thing actually brings in anymore fans than usual? I personally don’t see it as an attraction.

    • jwbiii - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      No, it’s just an attempt to sell more jerseys and caps.

  7. sunking1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Just plain ugly uniforms.
    It looks like they took the design from a high school marketing project!

    • CJ - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      High school marketing projects are offended by such a baseless accusation.

  8. sclobernocker47 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    I loved the Tarpons and Smokers throwbacks.

    FUN FACT: Randy Savage played ball for the Tampa Tarpons

    DIG IT!

    • jwbiii - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      And led the team in home runs!

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=4a45c07f

  9. hittfamily - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Does this mean I get to wear my David Price jersey on sunday?

    It’s a throwback.

    Cries a little.

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