Apr 8, 2022 - Sports

Tampa Bay Rays return to action on Opening Day

Wander Franco starts to run after a batted ball in a spring training game in Port Charlotte. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
Wander Franco starts to run after a batted ball in a spring training game in Port Charlotte. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Round up your crew and head to the funky barn in St. Pete where the catwalks matter and it’s always 72 degrees.

🥳 IT’S OPENING DAY, TAMPA BAY!

What’s happening: Your Rays, back-to-back American League East division champs, return to action at 3:10pm with the first of a three-game home stand against the lowly Baltimore Orioles as Major League Baseball revs up across the country.

State of play: The Rays were excellent last year, building a franchise-best 100-62 and falling to the hot Boston Red Sox in the postseason.

What we’re watching: Wander Franco, all day.

💰 In November, the phenom signed an 11-year, $182 million contract, the richest deal ever for a player with less than a year in MLB. He’ll be fun to watch.

The intrigue: Franco’s father, also named Wander, named his three sons Wander in hopes that one would make the name famous.

🗺 Wander Samuel plays for the Rays, while brothers named Wander Alexander and Wander Javier played in the minors, per the New York Times.

If you go: Some of the food at The Trop this year is just wild. We’re looking at you, Footlong Tater Tot.

🍣 Don’t miss the Rays Up Roll (somewhere between a California roll and a chimichanga) and the Ice Cream Nachos (ice cream with waffle cone chips).

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