Stuart Sternberg, Rays principal owner, designed the threads, noting that the 1978 Padres uniform impacted his design. Sternberg designed the uniforms because the Rays didn't join MLB until 1998.
"Pure ripoff," Sternberg said. "With a little, you know, here and there."
Sternberg said he was pleased with the final result, an assessment shared by Joe Maddon. The Rays manager called the uniforms "interesting" before adding: "Of course I'm an advocate of anything weird or different like this."
Asked about the last time he wore yellow socks, Maddon told reporters: "Probably a couple of days ago."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.