Back in late June 1979, the Donna Summers "Hot Stuff" was burning up the Top 40 charts, top-rated sitcom "Threes Company" was in summer reruns, "Rocky II" was the new box-office knockout and the expansion Tampa Bay Rays were making waves with their eye-catching blue and yellow uniforms, even if they werent winning many ballgames.
Well OK, that last part is a complete fabrication of fabric and fact.
But the Rays would like you to buy into a fictional past for just a day, as they roll out throwback uniforms on June 30 to an era in which the team didnt actually exist. Hey, what else would you expect from a club and manager in Joe Maddon that has brought baseball the quirky and entertaining themed road trip?
Turning back the clock to the year "Kramer vs. Kramer" would win the Oscar for best picture comes as a nice little diversion to the drama of Maddon vs. Johnson with the Rays skipper and Nationals manager Davey Johnson trading barbs over the Joel Peralta pine tar episode Tuesday...