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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Curse of the Bettsbino?

David Price and Mookie Betts are on the move mainly due to JD Martinez’s decision to not re-negotiate his contract (all three are pictured here).

Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout
David Price #10, Mookie Betts #50, and J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox look on during a team meeting before a team workout on February 18, 2019 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida.
Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Rays 2020 promotional schedule was released yesterday, and we have a few more details on some of the giveaways:

Theme Tickets

Some of the promotions will be tied to specific themed tickets this season, including the following:

Yandy Diaz WWE Bobblehead - Tuesday, March 31 vs. New York Yankees

The road to WrestleMania starts in St. Petersburg as WWE Night comes to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, March 31st. Witness two AL East titans brawl as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees. Upgrade to a Theme Ticket and receive a limited edition Yandy Díaz WWE Bobblehead to commemorate this night of Baseball with a WWE twist.

(pictured in our original post)

STAR WARS Jedi Jersey - Saturday, May 16 vs. Baltimore Orioles

‘May the Force be with you’ on Saturday, May 16th at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Baltimore Orioles. Young Padawans can purchase a Theme Ticket upgrade in order to receive a limited edition STAR WARS Jedi Jersey. Come to Tropicana Field and interact with your favorite STAR WARS characters for an out of this galaxy experience. Hurry before this opportunity is a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

More images of giveaways

Remember the Sunday giveaways are intended for kids 14 and under!

  • Tote Bag - Saturday, March 28 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Sunglasses - Sunday, April 26 vs. Kansas City Royals
  • Sports Bracelet - Sunday, May 10 vs. Texas Rangers
  • Yandy Díaz Beach Tank - Sunday, May 31. vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Get your tickets for the games at the promotion site here.

Other Rays News

  • New GM James Click was introduced to the media in Houston
  • Mayor Castor threw out another first pitch
  • Tune in tomorrow!
  • Blake Snell reacts to the Betts-Price send off:

More on the Punto 2.0 trade

The national media is not loving Boston’s bid to get under the luxury tax.

Beyond cold hard cash, Boston turns, for the arithmetically-inclined, four years of control into 12 (seven over Graterol, five over Verdugo), albeit over players who one might uncharitably call “a spare piece for the Dodgers” and “not a sure thing in the Twins rotation.”

  • Now trending on twitter? #MookieSmearCampaign — lets leave some twitter discourse here for your perusal outside that hashtag:

Other Links

  • Pete Rose asks for relevance again
  • The Ringer is on the move...
  • And now your moment of zen: