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Pro Baseball – Tampa Bay RAYS OPEN THREE-TEAM, NINE-GAME HOMESTAND

Highlights Include Ryne Stanek Bottle Opener and Daniel Robertson Wristbands

PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field tomorrow for a three-team, nine-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles (April 16-18), Boston Red Sox (April 19-21) and Kansas City Royals (April 22-24). The 2019 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Baltimore Orioles

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Jackie Robinson Day: The Rays will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with all players and on-field personnel wearing specially-designed “42” T-shirts during batting practice and Robinson’s iconic uniform “No. 42” on their jerseys. The game-worn No. 42 jerseys and caps will be available for auction at raysbaseball.com/auctions, with proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Tuesday’s Champion: Before every Tuesday home game, the Rays host a youngster from the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Children’s Dream Fund as a part of the “Tuesday’s Champion” program presented by RIPA & Associates. The Rays will host 17-year-old Jasmine Tabares from Make-A-Wish. As part of her special day, Jasmine will meet Rays players and coaches during batting practice and throw a ceremonial first pitch.

“Beaches, Benches and Boycotts:” An original exhibit of the Florida Holocaust Museum, “Beaches, Benches and Boycotts” will be on display at Tropicana Field during the homestand at Gate 5. The exhibit illuminates Tampa Bay’s struggle with racial equality and shines a light on the local leaders who changed the region after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Special Merchandise: Jackie Robinson merchandise, including hats, jerseys, socks and T-shirts, will be available for purchase at the Rays Republic Team Store.

 

Wednesday, April 17 vs. Baltimore Orioles

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Ticket Special: $2 Kids Tickets—Tickets for kids 14 years and under are $2 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at raysbaseball.com/specials or at the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field.

Special Merchandise: Jackie Robinson merchandise, including hats, jerseys, socks and T-shirts, will be available for purchase at the Rays Republic Team Store.

 

Thursday, April 18 vs. Baltimore Orioles

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Special Merchandise: Jackie Robinson merchandise, including hats, jerseys, socks and T-shirts, will be available for purchase at the Rays Republic Team Store.

 

Friday, April 19 vs. Boston Red Sox

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

$7.11 Tickets Sold Out: Friday night’s $7.11 Tickets presented by 7-Eleven are sold out. Tickets for the game are still available in other seating areas and may be purchased online at raysbaseball.com or at the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field. Fans can also choose to use their 7-Eleven coupons to purchase $7.11 tickets for future home games. Registered members of the 7Rewards app can take advantage of exclusive offers, including $7.11 ticket bonus dates.

Bats N’ Brews: The Rays and iHeartMedia Tampa Bay’s “Bats N’ Brews” radio show, presented by Budweiser, airs live from the Budweiser Porch in center field and features Queen B from 95.7 The Beat (WBTP).

The Rays Artist Print Series: In partnership with Creative Pinellas, an arts agency working to facilitate a vibrant and sustainable arts community, the Rays crafted an opportunity for artists in Tampa Bay to design prints that celebrate the hometown baseball team and honor the unique culture of the region. Each artist selected was invited to create a piece that represents her or his own style and interpretation of the Rays brand. The first of seven prints will launch on April 19 and be available for a limited time for $30 at the Rays Republic Team Store. Designed by international multimedia artist and St. Petersburg resident Zulu Painter, the print depicts a young man dreaming of his potential future as a ballplayer. For more information, visit raysbaseball.com/printseries.

Special Merchandise: Jackie Robinson merchandise, including hats, jerseys, socks and T-shirts, will be available for purchase at the Rays Republic Team Store.

 

Saturday, April 20 vs. Boston Red Sox

First Pitch: 6:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 4:40 p.m.

Promotion: Ryne Stanek Bottle Opener presented by Republic Bank. Available for all fans while supplies last.

Ceremonial First Pitch: MLB Network studio host Brian Kenny

National Anthem: CEO and Co-Founder of the Arts Conservatory for Teens Alex Harris

MLBPAA Legends for Youth Clinic: The Rays RBI Tampa and Burg Baseball teams will participate in a free Legends for Youth Clinic presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, where former major league players will teach the fundamentals of the game, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Write Field Program: Rays outfielder Tommy Pham will speak to a group of students from the Poynter Institute’s Write Field program at approximately 2:30 p.m. Write Field is a dynamic program designed to improve the academic performance and life of African-American and Hispanic boys by teaching them writing, public speaking and critical thinking skills.

Devil Rays Day: The Rays will wear their Majestic Athletic white alternate throwback Devil Rays jerseys and navy blue New Era retro caps, which debuted during last year’s 20th anniversary celebration season. This will be the first of five dates the Rays wear the throwback jerseys and caps.

Jackie Robinson Day: The Rays will recognize community members who exemplify Jackie Robinson’s nine core values—courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment and excellence—with the Breaking Barriers Community Leader Award in a pregame ceremony.

Special Merchandise: Jackie Robinson merchandise, including hats, jerseys, socks and T-shirts, will be available for purchase at the Rays Republic Team Store.

 

Sunday, April 21 vs. Boston Red Sox

First Pitch: 2:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 12:40 p.m.

Promotion: Daniel Robertson Wristbands presented by Moffitt Cancer Center. Available for fans 14 years and under while supplies last.

Ticket Special: Salute to Service $15 Tickets—The Rays have extended their Salute to Service promotion, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, to include $15 tickets for this game, a savings of up to 75 percent off the single-game ticket price. Military and First Responders can purchase up to four (4) tickets only through raysbaseball.com/specials. This offer expires the night before the game at midnight. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me.

For the Kids: Sundays are Family Fun Days, courtesy of Tampa General Hospital. Every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of postgame activities for kids, including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. For the sixth consecutive season, concourse activities will be complimentary for kids 14 years and under on Sundays. In addition, two Rays players will sign autographs for kids 14 years and under along the right field stands from 1:00–1:30 p.m.

Special Merchandise: Jackie Robinson merchandise, including hats, jerseys, socks and T-shirts, will be available for purchase at the Rays Republic Team Store.

 

Monday, April 22 vs. Kansas City Royals

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Ticket Special: Salute to Service presented by Suncoast Credit Union—Military and First Responders can receive two (2) complimentary tickets by visiting raysbaseball.com/specials. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB approved verification service. This offer expires the night before the game at midnight.

 

Tuesday, April 23 vs. Kansas City Royals

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Tuesday’s Champion: Before every Tuesday home game, the Rays host a youngster from the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Children’s Dream Fund as a part of the “Tuesday’s Champion” program presented by RIPA & Associates. The Rays will host 6-year-old Micah Richards from the Children’s Dream Fund. As part of his special day, Micah will meet Rays players and coaches during batting practice and throw a ceremonial first pitch.

 

Wednesday, April 24 vs. Kansas City Royals

First Pitch: 1:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 11:40 a.m.

Ticket Special: Senior Special—200-level tickets for fans 60 years and older are only $15 at raysbaseball.com/specials or the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field.

 

Additional Homestand Notes

Split the Pot: For all home games, fans can purchase Split the Pot raffle tickets at Tropicana Field as well as online at raysbaseball.com/splitthepot. Both Tropicana Field and online raffle ticket purchases build to the same pot for a larger payout for each raffle winner. To purchase raffle tickets online, fans must be located in one of the following nine counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota. Proceeds from Split the Pot benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization and the official charity of the Rays, and the Ted Williams Foundation.

The Outfielder Bar & Grill and Ballpark & Rec, presented by Samuel Adams, Early Entry: Located behind center field at Tropicana Field, the Outfielder Bar & Grill and Ballpark & Rec, presented by Samuel Adams, will open to fans four hours prior to first pitch for all home games at 4:10 p.m. or later.

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