Friday, January 27, 2006

How about the Tampa Bay Pat Robertsons?

One would think that a major league baseball team known for its inability to win baseball games would have more on its collective mind than fiddling around with the club's nickname. Apparently not.

Rather than trying to develop young pitchers or attempting to lure a legitimate power hitter, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the team with the worst overall winning percentage (.401) of any current major league franchise, seem to think that the road to baseball salvation begins with saying "no" to the Devil. The "Devil" in Devil Rays, that is.

"When [new owner] Stu Sternberg came in, he said there was a need for dramatic change. One way for dramatic change is to change the name," team president Matt Silverman told the paper.

Silverman said that one option is to remove the "Devil" from Devil Rays after meetings with focus groups revealed a negative association with the with word "devil," the Tribune reported.

"When they liked something we did, they would refer to us as the Rays. If they were discussing a complaint or gripe, we were the Devil Rays," Silverman told the paper.

Perhaps by exorcising the Devil from their name, the Rays believe that God will shine His glory on the club and turn them into a winner. After all, the only time the Devil did anything good in baseball, he was a creepy dude named Mr. Applegate who helped the hapless Washington Senators beat those "Damn Yankees". But that was just show business. Sadly for the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays, a deal with the Devil wasn't enough to make them a winner. Where's Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO, when you need him?

Time will tell if the name change will do the Rays any good. Pitching and hitting are overrated, anyway, right?


At 1:44 AM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Why not 'Jesus Rays' then? I mean, Jesus should go over pretty good in the South. Or maybe just 'The Jesuses'. It would lend itself to some great headlines, too.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger DrewL said...

It especially would go over well with the Latino fan base of the team. Maybe they could even bring in Jesus Alou!


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