2010 - Jose Lobaton, the Rays current co-starting catcher was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Here's the DRB link to the transaction http://www.draysbay.com/2009/7/30/970164/tampa-bay-rays-claim-catcher-jose.
Today in Rays history, the date is July 30th
In 54 games for the Rays between now and July 15th, 2011, he has a line of .324/.275/.599. He his first career homerun 5 days ago on July 25th.
2005 - Jonny Gomes set a Rays record for most homeruns in a game when he hit 3 against the Kansas City Royals. Gomes first 2 homers came against Greinke, his 3rd against Mike McDougal. Homer #1 - 388ft. #2 - 411ft. #3 - 385ft.
According to BIll Chiastain, it was the first time in Tropicana Field history, the curtain call was used, I don't think it was, but the man was also is the who said Bay to the Rays was a done deal
2004 - Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato were traded to the New York Mets for Jose Diaz and Scott Kazmir. This is the most famous trade of the D-Ray era. Chuck Lamar sent team ace at the time, Victor Zambrano, record holder of most wild pitches and hit batters in a game to the Mets for a highly touted, fireballing southpaw, Scott Kazmir.
Jose Diaz never pitched for the Rays and was claimed off waivers by the Clevland Indians on June 7th, 2005 Bartolome Fortunato pitched in 17 games for the Mets combined between 2004 and 2006, he missed all of 2005 with an injury. For the Mets, he had a -0.3 WAR Victor Zambrano pitched for the Mets in 39 games from 2004 to 2006, and had a 1.2 WAR in his time with them.
Scott Kazmir pitched in 145 games for the Rays from 2004 to 2009, and had a 15.3 WAR in that time. During his time here. Scotty K became one of the few reasons to watch this squad in the D-Ray era. On August 29th, 2009, he was traded the Angels for Matt Sweeney, Alexander Torres, and a PTBNL (Sean Rodriguez)
And that's it for this Today in Rays History!