In Florida its Bicycles and Baseball. This time of year you can mix both as spring training kicks into gear all over Florida. A great activity to ride your bike and catch a good professional game of baseball. We are proud to have a top winning team right here in Tampa and today they kicked off spring training as only the Tampa Bay Rays can!
Check out our pictures from today at the bottom of this page…
From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, February 18th, at Tropicana Field, baseball season in St. Petersburg unofficially kicked off with the 2012 Rays Fan Fest.
The day-long event was for diehard fans and families.
Activities included: coaching clinics, yard sale, kids run the bases, panel discussion, clubhouse tours, batting cages, speed pitch and even wiffle ball home run derby.
This was a whole family event; there was plenty of activities for everyone. You could have had a player call your friend or family member, play interactive games, had a Thanksmas lunch with Joe Maddon, get baseball memorabilia at the yard sale, meet Rays players, get their autographs, visit the Rays Museum and Batters Hall of Fame, and much more.
Fan Fest highlights included:
- Coaches Clinics
- Autographs/Exclusive Signing Opportunity
- Yard Sale
- High-Five Station during Kids Run the Bases
- Players read to kids as part of the “Reading with the Rays”
- Player and fan interaction
- Panel Discussions
- Clubhouse Tours
- MetroPCS Call-A-Friend program with Rays players
- Joe Maddon’s Thanksmas spaghetti with meatballs and pierogies
- Special Fan Fest Ticket Packs
MOR Kids Interactive Zone, included:
- Batting Cages
- Speed Pitch
- Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby
Rays Fan Fest Autograph Schedule*
|Time||Table 1||Table 2||Table 3||Table 4||Table 5|
|10:30 – 11:30||Ryan Reid||Tim Beckham||Jeff Keppinger||Ricky Orta||Kyle Farnsworth|
|11:30 – 12:30||Brandon Guyer||Burke Badenhop||Robinson Chirinos||Brandon Gomes||Matt Mangini|
|12:30 – 1:15||J.P. Howell||Matt Joyce||Wade Davis||Sean Rodriguez||Jose Molina|
|1:15 – 1:45||Evan Longoria||Don Zimmer||Jeremy Hellickson||(open)||(open)|
|1:45 – 2:30||Chris Archer||Carlos Peña||Desmond Jennings||Alex Cobb||Matt Moore|
|2:30 – 3:00||B.J. Upton||(open)||(open)||James Shields||David Price|
|3:00 – 4:00||Luke Scott||Fernando Rodney||Cesar Ramos||Jose Lobaton||Josh Lueke|
|4:00 – 4:45||(open)||Nevin Ashley||Romulo Sanchez||Stephen Vogt||Craig Albernaz|