Saturday, July 11, 2009

A past worth forgetting

Remember that logo? Nightmares, right?

Well, some Einstein with the Tampa Bay (No Devil) Rays decided to trot out that logo and the uniform that went with it Saturday night during the Rays salute to the '90s promotion.

Ah, old times.

Not good old times,just old times.

Take away the 30,000-plus crowd and you had old times.

Matt Garza, the Rays starter, gave up a 2-0 run lead in the seventh, and the last place A's poured it on against the top bullpen in baseball, winning 7-2 to become the first team to beat the Rays on Saturday concert night at the Trop.the Rays had been 11-0 on such nights.

The loss snapped a nine-game home winning streak, including four straight on this homestand.

Hey, the Rays might have been due for a loss, and the bullpen can't be shutdown every night.

But why did the Rays have to salute the '98 and '99 Rays? It's an era - error? - the organization is trying hard to forget, and one that seemed to be forgotten during the march to the 2008 World Series.

Those aren't the old orange uniforms of the Tampa Bay Bucs, which became cool shortly after the Bucs won the Super Bowl. But the Bucs actually reached the NFC title game in the old orange and white.

No such luck for the Rays, who finished last each season they dressed in their original rainbow colored uniforms, which were compared to a bruise or a 1972 Chevy van.

Rays relief pitcher J.P Howell joked Friday night the uniforms, which saw a lot of losses, had a lot of wins in them.


Turns out, they had one more loss.

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