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The Rays, formed in 1998, wear 'fauxback' uniforms from 1979

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1979. The Village People topped the Billboard charts, Woody Allen was making movies to the sounds of George Gershwin and the Rays, well, the Rays didn't exist.

But that didn't stop the team from donning throwback uniforms 19 years before their creation on Saturday. The threads (probably familiar to Padres players of that era) were part of Tampa Bay's "Turn Back the Clock Night," a promotion they also participated in last year. Here are some photos from the day:

Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez talking fashion:

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Maddon, of course, styling and smiling in his digs:

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That's a collectible item ... I think?

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Raymond looking fly. Sorry, superfly:

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Unfortunately (or fortunately), Rodney didn't pull out any plantains from 1979:

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Rays ballpark staff put on a "Gong Show" rendition in the outfield:

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And Wil Myers is just confused:

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-- Matt Monagan / MLB.com

Photos via AP and Emory Brinkman / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent


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