Likes: Rays baseball, belly dancing, hugs, hot dogs, doing flips, full contact shuffle board, poodle shaving, extreme chess, reading, and KIDS!
Dislikes: Hairballs, taking baths, getting nacho cheese in his fur, falling off walls.
In early 1998, Rays scouts on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico spotted a strange looking animal. The creature, apparently drawn to the boat by the smell of hotdogs on the hibachi, climbed aboard and soon won the scouts over with his silly antics. During the excitement, a scout had a brilliant idea: make this fun loving fuzz ball the mascot for the new baseball team. "Raymond" as the scouts dubbed him, immediately accepted their contract offer of all the hotdogs he could eat, all the high fives he could handle, and the ability to shake his groove thing to countless Tampa Bay fans.
Raymond's animal-like appearance causes confusion among fans of all ages. His fuzzy face is similar to a walrus and his bulbous blue belly likens him to a mutant manatee. So what exactly is he?
In 2005 marine biologists and zoologists made a startling discovery; Raymond is actually a previously undiscovered species of dog known as "Canus Manta Whatthefluffalus" or in layman's terms, a Seadog. Seadogs have all the traits of normal dogs. They enjoy going for walks, playing with kids, and fetching. Unlike other dogs they are five to six feet tall, walk upright, are blue in color, and chase catfish. While other dogs live on land, Seadogs usually live in or around the water. Seadogs are well known for their fun-loving nature, passion for baseball, and general good looks.
Pick a game to download and play!
Grab your crayons and color Raymond and DJ Kitty. Click on the links below to download a larger black and white image to color.
You'll need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to download and view the PDFs.
Raymond wants to join you on your journeys this offseason. Can Flat Raymond go to the zoo with you? Can he join in on the car ride to grandma's house? Take this seadog on all of your fun and fabulous adventures! You can even fold Flat Raymond and send him in the mail!
The Tampa Bay Rays want to see all of your all of your photos, so follow the Rays on social media (@raysbaseball) and upload your photos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #FlatRaymond and we'll share some of our favorites!
Step 1: Download the Raymond drawings
Step 2: If you selected the black-and-white version, unleash your inner Picasso and color Raymond
Step 3: Glue a craft stick to the back of Raymond to make him easier to take along
Step 4: Take Raymond out and about!
Step 5: Share your Flat Raymond photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #FlatRaymond