Rays apologize after mascot poses with Steve Irwin sign

April 04, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

The Tampa Bay Rays have issued a statement apologizing for their mascot Raymond posing in a photo with a sign that poked fun at the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.

The sign, brought by a fan to Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, lists two items on a “Rays To Do List.” On the list are “World Series” and a crossed-out first item, "Steve Irwin."

Irwin died in 2006 after being stung by a stingray.

“Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan,” team spokesman Rick Vaughn said in a statement, according to the Tampa Tribune. “Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive.

“The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign was displayed in the ballpark, and we apologize for the lapse in judgment.”

The Tampa Tribune also caught up with the fan who brought the sign to the park.

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