About Tampa Bay Rays
Established in 1998, the Tampa Bay Rays are one of the youngest teams in the MLB. They got their start with a different name, logo, and team colors, before an overhaul in 2008 turned them into the team we know today. Despite that, one thing has remained consistent: their home stadium, Tropicana Field, which the team has used since their inaugural season. The stadium, which is sometimes known as "The Trop," is located in St. Petersburg. The team began in 1998 as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In their first ten years in the MLB, the Devil Rays finished in last place in the AL East every year except one. After the 2007 season, the franchise removed “Devil” from the team name to make them the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the following year that the Rays experienced their first winning season.
Although there were several notable moments in the Rays' early years such as third baseman Wade Boggs becoming the first to earn his 3,000th career hit with a home run – the team's rise to prominence wasn't an easy one. But that all changed in 2008, when the team had its first winning season. It was also during this year that the Rays won their first AL East championship, even beating out their rivals, the Boston Red Sox, for a coveted slot in the World Series. Unfortunately, the Rays lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in that World Series. Two years later, in 2010, the Rays won a second AL East championship; since then, the team has qualified for the postseason as a wild card team in 2011 and 2013. The Rays have not made a postseason appearance since 2013 but that could potentially change this year. Currently, Tampa Bay has a winning record and is in third place in the AL East. They are only behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and are ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. The Tampa Bay Rays’ last game of the regular season will be a home game on September 30th against the Blue Jays. Will their season continue after that? There is only one way to find out. Grab your Tampa Bay Rays tickets from TicketNetwork to watch your favorite team fight for a spot in the playoffs. You won’t want to miss this!