The Tampa Bay Rays had an amazing season last year, jumping from a last place finish in the AL East in 2007 to winning the division and the AL Championship in 2008. That’s quite an improvement! They’re starting the 2009 season with a roster full of young talent and the moves they made in the offseason, like losing Rocco Baldelli, Cliff Floyd, Eric Hinske and Jonny Gomes and picking up Gabe Kapler, Morgan Ensberg, Adam Kennedy and most notably Pat Burrell (formerly of the team that beat the Rays in the World Series, the Phillies), have made a strong team even stronger. This makes the Rays one of the most exciting teams to watch this coming season, and Coast to Coast has the tickets to get you into Tropicana Field. Get your Tampa Bay Rays tickets today and see if the team can take home the World Series title in 2009!
The Tampa Bay Rays, formerly Devil Rays, were part of baseball’s last round of expansion. They played their first game in 1998 and were an immediate draw in Tampa Bay. The highlight of those early years was when hometown hero Wade Boggs became the 22nd player to reach 3,000 hits and the first to do so with a homerun.
In an effort to shake things up Tampa Bay dropped the “Devil” from their team name prior to the 2008 season. Now known simply as the Tampa Bay Rays they hope to have finally exorcised their losing ways. With a young and exciting team this might be the year it happens. However, playing in the super competitive American League East against teams like the Red Sox and Yankees makes this an especially difficult challenge.
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