1/31/2014 5:00 P.M. ET
Rays detail autograph information for Fan Fest
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Autograph passes for the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest presented by T-Mobile, subject to availability, will go on sale to the general public at raysbaseball.com at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.
Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field. For the 19th consecutive year, admission and parking for Rays Fan Fest are free.
Rays player autographs during Fan Fest will be available only through the purchase of a Rays Autograph Pass. Rays autograph passes are available for purchase only in advance and online, and they guarantee access to a specific player. Up to 60 autograph passes are available per player, and they will not be sold the day of Fan Fest.
Of note, the price to get an autograph from David Price, Evan Longoria and Wil Myers will be $125 each. Only 60 passes will be sold for those players, which guarantees that each fan in line will receive an autograph.
Autographs for 11 other players on the Major League roster will cost $25 each. Those players are: Chris Archer, Grant Balfour, Alex Cobb, David DeJesus, Yunel Escobar, Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, James Loney, Matt Moore and Ben Zobrist.
One autograph table will be free for kids 14 and under and fans purchasing any autograph pass. More than 25 former Major League players will also sign autographs free of charge throughout the day, and Fan Fest will feature an unmatched amount of interaction with Rays players and coaches, along with numerous activities for kids.
The proceeds from the autographs will be donated to ALS Association Florida Chapter and the Rays Foundation.
In addition, tickets for Joe Maddon's Thanksmas event at Fan Fest will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Monday on raysbaseball.com (subject to availability).
Maddon's Thanksmas event provides a limited number of fans with the opportunity to enjoy hors d'oeuvres based on Maddon's Thanksmas meal, sample a variety of wines and talk with Rays coaches, broadcasters and MLB Alumni inside the Ted Williams Museum.
Maddon has served his traditional Thanksmas meal at area homeless shelters over the last eight winters as a part of his Thanksmas initiative. All proceeds from this event benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation and Joe's Thankmas Charity.
On the day of Fan Fest, representatives from the Rays Ticket Sales Department will be available to assist fans throughout the day with the purchasing of season tickets, group tickets, party area and suite rentals, as well as three-, six- and nine-game Flex Packs.
Rays Season Ticket Holders and Flex Pack buyers will receive special access and benefits at Fan Fest with their Rays Card; cards will be sent in February. Fans can place reservations now toward a 2014 ticket plan or purchase a Flex Pack through raysbaseball.com to receive these benefits. For more information on becoming a Rays Card Holder, visit raysbaseball.com.
Rays Season Ticket Holders -- who will receive early 10 a.m. entry to Tropicana Field -- and Flex Pack buyers will also have the chance to take photos with select Rays players throughout the day in their respective photo lines.
Fans can log on to raysbaseball.com/fanfest for more information about 2014 Rays Fan Fest. More event details will be released in the coming weeks.
• Elliot Johnson recently signed a Minor League deal with the Indians that included an invite to Spring Training.
"I think it's a good opportunity for me," said Johnson, who hopes to earn a spot coming off the Indians' bench. The former Rays utility man played five positions in 2013 while with the Royals and Braves. As a member of the Royals last season, he hit .435 with two home runs and five RBIs in six games against the Rays.
• Carlos Pena is another former Rays favorite looking to earn a roster spot this year. After spending 2013 with the Astros and Royals, he has signed a Minor League deal with the Angels, complete with an invite to Spring Training. Pena is coming off a down season that saw him hit .207 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.
"I think the more I looked for answers, the further I got away from the truth," Pena said of his struggles. The Angels will be looking at Pena as a candidate to play some first base and serve as a designated hitter and pinch-hitter.
• Sam Fuld is still a free agent, but the former Rays outfielder remains loyal to the Tampa Bay area. This weekend, he will hold his annual Diabetes Sports Camp for kids 8-17 at the University of South Florida. Fuld, who has Type I diabetes, will be hosting the event for a third straight year.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.