The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their new “fauxback” road uniforms, which they will wear for 1980’s Turn Back the Clock day at Wrigley Field in Chicago this Sunday. They will be worn as part of the year-long celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the historic stadium.
What’s a “fauxback” you may be asking?
A “fauxback” is a fancy way of saying “fake throwback” – basically a throwback uniform which never existed. The Tampa Bay Rays were established in 1998 (as the Devil Rays) and these uniforms are meant to represent the 1980s, an era in both time and design long before the club ever played their first game.
Tampa Bay will wear powder blue and yellow versions of their navy/powder “home fauxback” jerseys, which they have been wearing once a season dating back to 2012.
The cap is powder blue with a white half-panel on the front, the “tb” logo remains powder blue like the home cap. The bill and eyelets (“holes! I need holes!”) are both navy blue.
Tampa Bay last wore their home version of this set (which is now officially an alternate jersey) on June 21 against the Astros – the Rays won that contest 8-0. They had also worn them previously on July 6, 2013 and June 30, 2012.
The Cubs will wear their 1980s home pullover jerseys during the game: