Rays welcomed warmly in hockey jerseys

Rays welcomed warmly in hockey jerseys

TORONTO -- The Rays received a nice reception when they landed in Toronto on Sunday night at around 9:45 p.m ET. The fact the team wore hockey jerseys -- primarily of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning -- for the theme of the current road trip to Canada brought remarks from those at the airport.

"Big night at the airport," manager Joe Maddon said. "The baggage handler wanted to know about the Habs, there were no Canadians jerseys there. No Leafs. I apologize for that, but we've kind of got this thing going on with the Lightning and the Blackhawks. So we went with that.

"It was fun. The guys had a good time with it. It was fun to get off the plane and get greeted that way and to support the Stanley Cup and the national pastime up here."

The Blackhawks and Lightning sent jerseys to the Rays for the players to wear on the trip.