Rays wear T-shirts to show support for Venezuelan colleagues
Rays players and staff wore T-shirts with the Venezuelan flag for pre-game work Tuesday in a show of support for Venezuelans dealing with political unrest and violence in their home country.
C Wilson Ramos, one of several Venezuelans on the Rays roster, said RHP Chris Archer was the organizer and "it's a good idea to show our support.''
Archer said it was "a collective" decision among the players, one that worked out well with ESPN providing national coverage of tonight's game.
"We thought it would be a good time to show support of our teammates and coaches that have to deal with a lot more adversity in their home country than we do right now,'' he said. "I don't know the details of the whole situation (in Venezuela). I just know that I don't have to worry about people in North Carolina the same way they have to worry about people in Venezuela. So it's the thought: We love you guys and we're praying for you guys and we're wishing the best for you guys.''
Ramos, who lives in south Florida during the off-season, still has family im Venezuela and didn't want to say much on the topic but appreciated the backing of his mates. "I like the idea,'' Ramos said. "It's good support for our country.''
Rays manager Kevin Cash said the T-shirts were just an acknowledgment of the situation that affects many in the game.
"It's a show of support,'' Cash said. "Major League Baseball, minor league baseball. Players, coaches, staff. There's a lot of people that have ties to Venezuela. It's a show of support that it's a difficult time right now.''