The storyline for major league baseball this year has been David Ortiz and his farewell tour. When the Red Sox come to town, you give Ortiz a gift, donate to his children's foundation, whatever. Ortiz is the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history, he's been the face of the league for over a decade. It's only right to pay tribute to him in some way as he enters your ballpark for the last time, no matter the beef you may have with him or the organization. The Tampa Bay Rays don't plan on doing too much for the Red Sox DH.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Rays do not plan on holding any type of ceremony for Big Papi. They do have a short video tribute that they will show before the beginning of the second inning in next Sunday's game, the series finale. Every team that Boston has visited this season has honored Ortiz in some type of way, with a gift, ceremony, or both. Rays officials have been asked about this report and declined to answer.
The Yankees will apparently hold a ceremony of some sort when the Red Sox visit, and rightfully so. Tampa should at least donate to Ortiz children's fund, as many teams have done. You don't have to love the guy and throw a party for him, but at least acknowledge what he's done for the league and his incredible talent.
You may know that there are many Red Sox fans in Florida who would have taken the time and traveled to St. Petersburg to see a ceremony for their beloved David Ortiz as he makes his final trip to The Trop. There are still Boston fans who will go to the series nonetheless, but Tampa missed out big time on making a good chunk of change. If you hold a ceremony for Ortiz, even more fans of both teams would make the trip to see it. It's their loss.