Rays drop opening day game to Orioles - WFLA News Channel 8

Rays drop opening day game to Orioles

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Tampa Bay Rays fans started opening day early, with tail gating in the parking lot with beer, burgers and dogs. "The beginning of April. Late winter. 85 out. Love it. Absolutely incredible" said Chris Abbott as he presided over a tailgate party in the Trop parking lot.

"The enthusiasm carried inside the trop. A sold-out crowd of more than 34,000 marks the 8th time in a row; opening day had every ticket bought. Some planned well in advance. "This was his gift from Santa. He asked Santa for the whole family to come" said Daphne Smith, referring to her young son.

"What didn't happen was a "win." The 7-4 loss against the Orioles, made for less "whoo hoo" as the fans filed out. Some offered reasons for the loss."All new infield. Everybody's new but Longoria. So just got to get it all together," Jeffrey Ballard said.

"We got 161 more to go. And hopefully David Price will pitch a little better next time," Lonny Siegel said.

Retired News Channel 8 Reporter, Rod Challenger, at his 16th home opener, offered his insight. "I think they've got some players on the team that shouldn't be on the team. They've got some better players that were showing up well in spring training and they're not using em" he said.

But Rays fans are not known to give up easy. "We're coming back tomorrow. We're gonna win tomorrow. Don't you worry. This is just...we're on our way to the World Series" said Sherry Sacino.

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