Here are 5 things you need to know about the Rays Opening Day on March 31, 2014.
Tickets are sold out. This will mark the ninth 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 Colonel Scott V. DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base. He is responsible for more than $2.8 billion in base property and capital assets, and controls an annual budget exceeding $249 million. Colonel DeThomas is a native of Rhode Island and received his commission through the Air Force Academy.
3) NATIONAL ANTHEM
The national anthem for opening day will be performed Bay area musicians Marshall Gillon and Les Sabler. The duo has performed the anthem at numerous Rays games. The two will also perform God Bless America in the 7th inning.
4) FREE STUFF
Who doesn't love free stuff? This year the Rays will be giving out free stuff during the the 2014 Season Opening homestand. Here's what is being given away:
March 31 - Rays 2014 Schedule Magnet (All fans)
April 5 - Wil Myers Rookie of the Year Bobblehead (First 20,000)
April 6 - Desmond Jennings B-Ball Buddy (Kids 14 & under)
5) MEET THE PLAYERS AT THE GATE
It's an Opening Day tradition. 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 1:10 p.m. on Monday.
Check out our full Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day coverage at http://wfts.tv/P96Xhf .