Classic Threads: Tampa Bay Rays

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: 2001-2007

Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

Entering a new millennium, the Devil Rays decided to clean up their uniforms. This was a change for the better.

The home white uniforms went through a short-sleeve and vest-styled jersey. The white jerseys took on the green accents. “Rays” was done in a green with blue trim script and green spoonhead. The vest years saw the manta ray return to the front. Both jerseys had a front player number.

The road grays also went through two different (back) short-sleeve jerseys and even a road vest. “Tampa Bay” was across the chest in green with blue trim. The script in a few seasons had the Y in “Bay” extend under the A. The spoonhead was in both a green and green-with-blue scheme. Like the home jerseys, a front player number was added.

A green alternate (back) jersey was a fine addition to the wardrobe. I really liked the green top.

The team wore a trio of “TB” manta ray hats. In the colors of black, green and black with a green bill, these caps were a great improvement.

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