The Tampa Bay Rays are going to great lengths honor and help the victims of the Orlando shooting tonight.

The Tampa Bay Rays organized a night to honor the victims of the nightclub massacre that took place in Orlando last weekend. On Friday the Rays sold tickets to a game against the San Francisco Giants for just $5 and committed to donating all of the proceeds to the Pulse Victims Fund. The Rays also brought out a new cap for the game.

The Rays brought out a bunch of hats for the old double-A affiliate of the club, the Orlando Rays.

The Rays are sticking to their standard home uniform aside from the cap, serving an interesting blend of new and old for the Rays on the field.

The Orlando Rays moved to Montgomery, Alabama in 2004 as attendance for the minor league club dwindled in Lake Buena Vista. Players to make their way through the Orlando farm club en route to the big leagues have included Carl Crawford, Matt Diaz, Jonny Gomes and Jorge Cant, among others. The double-A affiliate is now known as the Montgomery Biscuits, and they have one of the bets caps in Minor League Baseball. These Orlando Rays caps may not be especially unique, as it was designed to tie more directly to the parent club before the Rays switched their logo in 2008. Regardless, it was a nice move by the Rays to bring these caps out of retirement for the occasion.

The Rays were already scheduled to celebrate Pride Night on Friday anyway, but the events that took place in Orlando brought on a new meaning for the game and the events surrounding the game. The Rays sold out the game to raise a good amount of money to go towards the victims fund as well as a blood drive to help those still in need of medical care.

[Sporting News]

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