For years, the old Devil Rays played in a dark, cavernous, empty can in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tropicana Field was morgue-like . . . These days, thanks in no small way to a couple of folks from Winnipeg, the Trop is an eye-popping delight filled with sound, colour and Evan Longoria home runs.I realize that the old dark cavern days were no good, but if loud music, dancers, and theme songs written by, um, these guys is the only thing that can liven up Tampa Bay baseball, we might want to rethink the whole operation.
"Well, thanks," said Deb Belinsky, when told by a fan that her DCB Productions game-day operation had improved the atmosphere at Rays games . . . DCB provides game-day operations for the Toronto Blue Jays as well as the Ray. In St. Pete, the company not only brought a dance troupe, a game-day host, flashing lights, a TV show and lots of loud music, but they also added a twist. Belinsky asked friend Darren Moore, a guitarist for the Canadian classic rock band Harlequin, to write a theme song for the club.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
It Became Necessary to Destroy the Village in Order to Save It
Here's a profile of the folks responsible for adding zip, zest, moxie, and whatever the hell else you wanna call it to Rays games: