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Introducing your 2007 Tampa Bay ....
2006-05-30 14:51
by Bob Timmermann

Devil Rays!

The team has decided not to change its nickname until 2008 at the earliest.

2006-05-30 19:34:10
1.   Voxter
Have you seen anything about why they're intent on changing their name eventually? All I can think of is the possibility that they fear they're offending religious types. I guess there could be an element of superstition (ie, "We've always sucked, maybe we'll be better if we change our name") to it. Is there any more to it than that?
2006-05-30 20:35:19
2.   das411
Why do the Braves wear those nasty red Sunday unis? Why do the Dodgers drop last names from their jerseys, trade all of their name players, then add them back?

All about the $$ would be my guess...they have already taken "Devil" off of their main unis anyways. And all of the purple.

2006-05-30 22:13:26
3.   Voxter
Yeah, but where is the money in dropping part of your team name? Are they expecting to sell new Carl Crawford uniforms to people who have out-dated jerseys that say "Devil Rays"? Is there anybody out there who gives that much of a crap? I really don't see the point.
2006-05-30 22:17:41
4.   Bob Timmermann
I can only see changing the name as being useful if the whizzes in marketing think "Devil Rays" is too closely associated with losing.

I doubt it is. The Clippers weren't good until this year, but people still bought their gear, although not as much as Lakers gear.

2006-05-31 10:44:33
5.   grandcosmo
I think they want to change the name because Devil Rays is ridiculous.

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