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Tampa Bay Rays to wear throwback uniforms for doubleheader

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Apr 3, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays play the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays play the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Tampa Bay Rays fake throwback uniforms are coming back. This time, they will make an appearance during the Rays scheduled doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

One of the more interesting promotions this season will be coming up on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays are scheduled to have a doubleheader on Saturday against the Athletics, the first scheduled doubleheader since July 2011. As fans will be able to see both games for one low price, it will be a fun day at the ballpark.

The Rays are certainly doing their part to make this a day to remember, with several events and promotions lined up. First, they will be breaking their 1970s “throwback” uniforms out of the mothballs, where they have stayed since their introduction in 2014. The retro feel of the doubleheader will be taken to the next level with those jerseys in the first game.

Between the games, the Rays are going to have a banner parade through the concourse and on the field. In order to get fans to participate, each person who joins will get a voucher for two free tickets to an upcoming game. For those fans that forget to bring a banner to the park, the Rays will have materials at the Trop to work with.

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The Rays are not done with the throwback jerseys and the parade. The first 15,000 fans to arrive will get a Matt Duffy double play bobblehead, continuing the theme for the day. There will also be specialty food available for the day, such as fired Kool-Aid, a Buzz Aldrin drink special, fried Twinkies in monster cereal, and other unique culinary treats.

All told, the retro theme for this event could end up being a brilliant idea. By having so many different options, and bringing in that nostalgic feel, the Rays may be able to do quite well at the concession stands. And having those unique meals during a day where the fans will spend all day at the stadium could lead to a solid financial bonanza.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are going all in on the retro feel for their scheduled doubleheader on Saturday. It will certainly be great to see those “1970s” jerseys come back for one more game.

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