Rays celebrate 'Christmas in July' at Tropicana Field

Christmas came about five months early Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Andrew Astleford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Christmas came about five months early Sunday at Tropicana Field.

No, there wasn't snow. No, it wasn't a time warp. But a festive cheer was present Sunday for the series finale between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.

The Rays called it "Christmas in July," complete with the appropriate music, visuals throughout the dome and, yes, an elf as the master of ceremonies. Kids age 14 and younger also received a Chris Archer Christmas stocking as a nod to the Rays' right-hander.

Who says Christmas should be reserved for December?