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24 Days Until Spring Training Begins

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Come appreciate Dan Johnson, the man, the myth, the great pumpkin

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As another week comes to a close, we are now just three more Fridays (plus a weekend) away from spring training commencing.

To commemorate the date, here are all of the players to have worn the number 24 for the Rays.

Mike Kelly (1998), Ryan Rupe (1999-2002), George Lumbard (2003), Tino Martinez (2004), Eric Munson (2005), Charles Johnson (2005), Kevin Witt (2006), Sean Burroughs (2006), Kurt Birkins (2008), Justin Ruggiano (2008), Dan Johnson (2008, 2010-2011), Manny Ramirez (2011), Rich Thompson (2012), Ryan Hanigan (2014), Grady Sizemore (2015), Hank Conger (2016), and Alexei Ramirez (2016).

Some memorable moments to come for these players wearing these uniforms

Tino Martinez hits his first Rays HR, and the 300th of his career

THE. GREAT. PUMPKIN. RISES.

AGAIN.

Then Manny Ramirez had to go and be depressing, singling once in his 17 regular season plate appearances with the Rays

But, Dan Johnson would rise again!

AND ONCE MORE FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN BASEBALL HISTORY!

The Best and Worst Age 24 Seasons in Rays History

The Best

Evan Longoria in 2010

.294/.372/.507 with 22 HR, 139 wRC+, and 7.5 fWAR over 661 PA

The Worst

Aubrey Huff in 2001

.248/.288/.372 with 8 HR, 71 wRC+, and -1.0 fWAR over 434 PA

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That’s it for the number 24, check back on Monday as we continue the countdown to spring training!