ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays have taken the bang a gong thing literally.
A gong with the Rays starburst logo has been placed close to a wall near the right-field foul line at Tropicana Field as a tribute to T. Rexs 1971 hit, Bang a Gong. Upon bench coach Dave Martinezs suggestion, the song has served as the Rays entrance music throughout the spring.
Details are foggy, but there seem to be plans to have someone bang a gong as the Rays take the field to the song before each game this season. However, no one struck the Eastern percussion instrument before Tampa Bays 3-3 tie with the Detroit Tigers to close spring training Saturday.
I love this song, Rays manager Joe Maddon said earlier this month. I love the way it starts out. Davey says, Why not play it when we come out on the field? Its such a great song, and it starts out so cool. A great riff in the beginning of it.
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