Jul 08





Take me out to the Ball Game! A recent Saturday night found The Husband, my mother and step-father, and this Tampa Bay Rays loving gal at Tropicana Field. We were there to see our team take on the Chicago White Sox during Retro Night. (This simply signified the Rays in imaginary uniforms, had they existed in the 1970s.) Here is Wil Meyers rocking the old-school gear:

I won 4 tickets in the outfield thanks to a contest run by the fine folks at Millian-Aire AC and Heating.

I knew I had to invite my folks, as they are huge Rays fans. They have held season tickets and have traveled all over this great nation to watch baseball. They had just returned from a road trip to Houston, where they caught a Rays and Astros game. They have visited 28 out of 30 MLB stadiums.  Like I said, it was a no-brainer who was coming with us to Tropicana Field.

If you know me, you know that I love most sports. You may know that I also worked in the Merchandise department for the Rays for 5 seasons, 2006-2011. It was a fun job for me. Most people are in a fantastic mood at the ballpark, and they just want to talk about sports. Done.  I worked with some nice people, saw a lot of cool things (that World Series run was one of my great sports memories), and ate my weight in free nachos. I quit when I got married last year, and I do not miss the long hours (I juggled 3 jobs during part of that time.)

You simply must have a hot dog at the ballpark. Preferably, one classic style: (Love that vibrant relish!)

And a signature dog: (The Heater is a Chili Cheese hot dog, we added some heat to the Heater!) Centerplate is the company that runs most of the concessions at The Trop. I love the flavor of the Kayem dogs.

The Cuban sandwich was not presented beautifully, but the taste was spot-on delicious.  Sliced ham, pork, and Genoa salami on toasted Cuban bread with Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. It is Tampa Bay’s signature sandwich, and readily available at stands throughout the stadium.

Life is nothing without a sweet treat to end a meal. One of the newer stands boasts fried dough. It was fresh, crunchy, chewy heaven. We went with the raspberry. It was a hot mess to eat. The plate needed to be just a tad bit bigger to hold all of that goodness in check. We were covered in powdered sugar by the end of it, and Spencer’s hands looked like he had performed his first surgery.

The Rays shut out the White Sox 3-0. I had a wonderful night with family, a full belly, and a Retro Evan Longoria bobblehead. (Apparently he has a diastema?!)

If you have a chance, catch a Rays game this summer. The team is fun to watch and Tropicana Field offers endless tasty food options. That dough alone is worth a trip to the ballpark.



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  1. I’m so jealous of your years of working for the Rays. It’s always been my dream to work for them, but I know I couldn’t afford it unless it was a second job and I work nights for my primary job. It would never work out. Boo.

    We always get the Everglade BBQ Nachos…sooo good. We did split a cuban earlier this year at the Trop and it was pretty tasty too. I really want to try that fried dough…yumm. Rays games are the best. I am glad you had a good time!

  2. Sandwich Gal /

    It really was a great experience working there! Most people there are working 2-3 jobs.
    I’m glad to just be a fan now…
    I want to eat at Everglades next time. There is never a thing wrong with pulled pork nachos.:)Amber at says the sandwiches there are amazing.
    Thanks Crystal….and Go Rays!


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