TAMPA BAY - Here are 5 things you need to know about the Rays Opening Day on April 2, 2013.
You're out of luck! The Rays announced on Monday that the opener is sold out. That means this is the eighth year in a row for a Rays Opening Day sellout. To get tickets for other games, check out Ticketmaster, or call 1-888-FAN-RAYS, or visit http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=tb
2) FIRST PITCH
This year, the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Rays Senior Advisor Don Zimmer. He will be joined on the field by his family. The 85-year-old is entering his 65th season in professional baseball. In fact, Tuesday will mark his 54th major league opening day. Zimmer has been a major league coach, manager or advisor every year since 1971. During his career, he has worn the uniform for 14 major league teams.
3) NATIONAL ANTHEM
The national anthem for opening day will be performed by Bay-area saxophonist B.K. Jackson. He is a 21-year-old Tampa native who's currently taking time off from his studies at Florida A&M University to perform with Prince. This will not be the first time Jackson has performed the national anthem for the Rays. He's actually performed it at the 2009, 2011 and 2012 openers.
4) FREE STUFF
Who doesn't love free stuff? This year the Rays will be giving out free stuff during the the 2013 Season Opening homestand. Here's what is being given away:
5) MEET THE PLAYERS AT THE GATE
If you get to the Trop early, you can meet some of the Rays players. They will greet fans for a short time when the gates open at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday.