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Rays-A's doubleheader: Still need more cowbell?

ST. PETERSBURG — Through the highs and lows, the World Series berth and the 90-loss seasons, the Rays can always count on the cowbell.

In 2006, the team began playing clips from "More Cowbell," a legendary "Saturday Night Live" skit starring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell. New owner Stuart Sternberg loved the gag, and after seeing the clip a few times on the videoboard, Rays fans did, too.

At Saturday's doubleheader, the cowbell rang out from the first inning of Game 1 to the last frame of Game 2. Even as the Rays split with the Oakland Athletics, spectators made their metal voices heard.

Glenda Cohan, a 60-year-old Rays fan from Bonita Springs, purchased her team-branded cowbell in 2007, shortly after becoming a fan of the team. She takes pride in ringing the bell, "especially when you have a Yankees fan in front of you," she joked.

The team has some guidelines for when to ring the cowbell, and fans who don't follow them might have to leave. In a May 2014 game against the Boston Red Sox, the Rays ejected five ticket-holders after their din drew the ire of some opposing fans.

But that doesn't stop fans from pushing forward with the ringing. Cohan made the two-hour trek for the doubleheader, bell in hand.

"(The cowbell) gave people a way to cheer," she said. "(The Rays) don't draw as well as we would like, and it gave some volume to people cheering."

As she recounted her experiences with the cowbell, center fielder Rajai Davis whiffed at a ball in the dirt for the 12th of 13 A's strikeouts. Cohan — joined by many others in the crowd — gave her bell a vigorous shake.

"And that's when I ring the bell!" she exclaimed. "Strikeouts — I love strikeouts."

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Rays-A's doubleheader: Still need more cowbell? 06/10/17 [Last modified: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:11am]
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