Only one day game is scheduled for Friday, and it's the Rays vs. Cubs in Chicago's Wrigley Field. Possibly a coincidence, but the Cubs are set to unveil their new toy, Javier Baez, in front of the home fans for the first time and also have mowed a Cubbie logo into center field for the first time. Here it is:
In related news, the Cubs apparently forgot to trade out their Devil Rays flag for a Rays flag (the name was changed before the 2008 season):
Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 8, 2014
That's a pretty solid reference by the Rays' social media person. The Cubs were the Chicago Orphans from 1898-1902 (previously the Chicago Colts and Chicago White Stockings).
UPDATE: OK, actually, the Cubs are saying the flag was up on purpose due to the "fauxback" them this coming weekend. The Rays are set to wear vintage uniforms, imagining what a Rays uniform would have looked like in the '80s (check them out via tampabaytimes.com by clicking here).
@RaysBaseball We take it this didn't fit the spirit of our "fauxback" series. The flag's down. Let us know if you want it for your archives.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 8, 2014
Those who have read The Extra 2% by Jonah Keri know that the Rays are real sensitive about their branding. In a chapter titled "The Exorcism," Keri details that the Rays have gone to great lengths to essentially erase every "Devil" mention with regard to the club. Even their "fauxback" unis say only Rays and not Devil Rays.
And we've officially spent way too much time on this. C'mon day baseball ...