Rays unveil new-look hats for BP

Rays unveil new-look hats for BP

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay unveiled a new look before Saturday night's game against Seattle, and manager Joe Maddon said there's a chance the team's new headgear might be finding its way onto the field at some point.

In the spirit of the plaid "BRaysers" they wore on their road trip to New York last week, the Rays donned team hats with similarly plaid bills during pregame warmups.

"I love them. I think they're great," Maddon said. "It looks like the exact material that our BRaysers are made from. Very tasty. I think it's going to be very, very popular.

"It's actually available to become a game hat. We've been approved to wear it in the game, but we're just going to wear it in practice right now. We'll see."

Maddon went on to joke that it was a "definite maybe" as to whether or not the Rays would actually wear the plaid-billed hats in a game. Maddon, a major proponent of the BRaysers, was also a big fan of the new caps, although he couldn't take credit for their creation.

"I didn't suggest the hats. Once the merchandise people saw the BRayser, they thought of this," Maddon said. "There were a couple prototypes thrown out there, and this seems to be the most plausible one."