December 2, 2008 - Appalachian League (ApL) - Princeton Rays
It's no longer a technicality today. Even those that still choose to refer to the Princeton professional baseball squad as "Devil Rays" can now be considered to be officially incorrect. The anticipated change of the Princeton team name to "Rays" became a reality on December 1, 2008 along with the announcement by Princeton Baseball Association, Inc. of a change in it's team colors, ballcaps, and logo effective immediately. "We are now officially known as the Princeton Rays. Of course, a majority of the people around here this past summer were already calling us Rays to coincide with the name change at Tampa Bay prior to the 2008 season. We certainly did not discourage that in anticipation of this name change coming," commented P-Rays General Manager Jim Holland while making the announcement.
The new team colors as described in the broadest of terms are navy blue, a lighter blue trim known to locals as either sky blue or Carolina blue, and a bright yellow. The uniforms the "new look" P-Rays will wear on the field beginning in 2009 will be the exact same style of uniforms that the Tampa Bay Rays made familiar nationwide in their spirited march to the 2008 World Series. Both the Princeton white home uniforms and the gray road jerseys will have just the one word "Rays" prominently across the chest. The word Rays will be in navy blue with the lighter blue trimming the letters in a shadow fashion. Affixed on the enclosed part of the letter "R" will be a yellow burst of light pattern.
As for the new ballcaps the P-Rays will be wearing on the field, the team will be wearing the exact same hat for all games, both home and away, during the 2009 season. The caps will be navy blue with a large white "P" shadowed with the lighter blue trimming. The yellow burst of light pattern will once again appear inside the enclosed portion of the "P".
"We are really excited about our new look and we feel people will share our enthusiasm about this new color scheme. Especially coming off Tampa Bay's World Series appearance, this definitely rubs off to be an exciting time for Princeton Rays baseball," added Holland.
Holland said the P-Rays' souvenir store has already ordered tee shirts, long sleeve tee shirts, and hooded sweatshirts with the new Princeton Rays logo and colors on them. This new apparel is expected to arrive in Princeton in early December and well before Christmas. Persons interested in purchasing these items as Christmas gifts should stay in contact with the P-Rays either by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephoning the team's Hunnicutt Field office at (304) 487-2000 for more details. The ballcaps have also been ordered but are not expected to arrive before Christmas. Then the balance of the P-Rays' "new look" souvenir line will be added throughout the upcoming spring.
Also in accordance with the name change, the team's website address has been changed from www.princetondevilrays.com to www.princetonrays.net. The opening page appearance of the new website was changed on November 25 to reflect the new logo changes. Fans and followers of the team are invited to visit the website to further familiarize themselves with the new look of the Princeton Rays.