Dressing up for a team road trip is a long-standing tradition for shaking things up during the long road of the Major League Baseball season. The Tampa Bay Rays decided to take the tradition and put a charitable twist on it, to honor Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal's tireless efforts as part of the "Bow Tie Cause," which was started by former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones as a way for people create conversation and support for a cause that was important to them. Rays manager Joe Maddon jumped at the chance to help out and have a little fun.

From Marc Topkin's blog at the Tampa Bay Times:
Rosenthal said manager Joe Maddon called last week to ask for his blessing, and the team will make a donation of $3,000 — $100 for each of 30 bowties — to spread over 18 organizations.

The Rays decided to not only wear bow ties, but to do a full "nerd" ensemble for the trip up. These are just a few examples of the efforts.

Rays Get Nerdy For Charity Slideshow


David Price

The Rays ace took a few fashionable liberties, but the effort was still impressive.


Jeremy Hellickson

The young fireballer from Iowa had a look that would make Bob Feller proud.


Sean Rodriguez

The baggy tuck job and the puffed up chest are a nice touch.


Joe Maddon & Ken Rosenthal

Maddon went all nerd professor on everyone, and actually looked really sharp.


Matt Moore

The pleated pants are a detail many miss, not the rookie southpaw.


Joel Peralta & Rosenthal

Few had as much enthusiasm for the stunt as Peralta, who possesses far more muscle than you expect to see in such an outfit.

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You can find even more photos of the team's attire at Topkin's blog. Well done by all who participated, though we think David Price looks a little too cool in his outfit to be considered "nerdy" enough.

For more on the cause and why the effort is being made by Rosenthal and Jones, check out the video below.

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