The Tampa Bay Devil Rays officially changed their nickname to the Rays on Thursday. The team unveiled new uniforms and colors to go with the shortened name at a downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., party.
Easily one of the worst franchises in pro sports when it comes to win-loss record, stadium and fan support the past decade, the 10-year-old Rays trotted out some former players to model their new unis with members of the current squad. Hall of Famer Wade Boggs and slugger Fred McGriff were on hand and in uniform. If they aren’t careful, they might be asked to come to spring training with the rest of the team.
To make sure the crowd in attendance left completely depressed, actor Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West, performed to close out the night.
PICTURED: Rays ace Scott Kazmir. Photo by Edmund D. Fountain / Associated Press