Tampa Bay Rays Uniforms Through The Years
The Devil Rays played their first game on March 31, 1998, against the Tigers at Tropicana Field, before an opening day crowd of 45,369. Wilson Alvarez threw the first pitch and Wade Boggs hit the team’s first home run, though the Devil Rays ended up losing 11–6. The next day, the Devil Rays won their first victory, defeating Detroit 11–8, thanks to pitcher Rolando Arrojo. Despite briefly being over .500 in their first 19 games (a first for an expansion team in their inaugural season), the team would go on to lose 99 that year, ending with the second-worst record in the league, just above their neighbors, the Marlins, who lost 108. Thankfully after this first season was behind the team they started to get better and better. I still remember Wade Boggs when he rocked the old school Devil Rays uniform, in my opinion the coolest ever Ray to play.