At the time of writing this blog post, the Tampa Bay Rays are in the midst of a 10 game losing streak. This has dropped them in the standings considerably and we find our beloved Rays in last place in all of the Majors. Sigh. After another disappointing Tampa Bay Buccaneers season and a shocking end to the Tampa Bay Lightning's promising season, we hoped the Rays would be able to bring us some good times this summer. Alas, Major League Baseball is a long season and anything can happen, especially after the All-Star break, so we're not losing hope nor should you. The team will need our support more than ever in the next couple of weeks and there is no reason the Rays can't get on a winning streak to make things interesting in August and September.
Go to a Rays Game
Going to a Rays game at Tropicana Field is a lot fun for the whole family. Further, playing baseball indoors is great for fans to avoid the beating sun and regular summer rain showers. Planning a trip to a baseball game is easy, thanks in great part to the reasonable accommodations at the "Trop." Finding tickets that will not break your bank is pretty simple too, especially considering the Rays don't exactly sellout every home game (the stadium debate is another blog posting altogether). By shelling out some extra cash, you can be in for a fantastic all-inclusive experience.
Pre- and Post-Game Hangouts
When you do go to spend a day or night at the Trop, there’s no reason why your night needs to end once the game is over. If you’re lucky enough to see the Rays win one in person, you'll probably want to go out and celebrate. One fantastic thing about the Trop is its location near Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. There tons of wonderful bars and restaurants within walking distance of the stadium. Further, there are three fantastic, local microbreweries in the area too. Green Bench Brewing, St. Pete Brewing Company, and Cycle Brewing are near Central Avenue. (Sorry, shameless plug for Tampa Brew Tours). When you and your party is in a celebratory mood, you can take a hike down the street to keep the night alive. Ferg's is also a great place to start or finish a Rays game.
If you are planning on going out for drinks or dinner after the game, remember to stay safe. The last thing that you need to be doing is getting in the driver’s seat after having a little too much fun. Instead, you should have a friend be the designated driver or one of our GreenLabel personal chauhire a professional driver so that everyone in your group can enjoy a good time.