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.
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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