A fan, who has been a Rays season-ticket holder since 1998 was asked at a recent Rays-Yankees game to take off his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt.
This is not a new revelation. This has been “policy” for several years now, and there have been other SUCK stories on similar SUCK topics. Back in 2008, we wrote about a fan that was stopped entering the Trop and told he couldn’t wear his “Red Sox Suck” t-shirt.
But since this latest SUCK story seems to have caused a bit of a uproar…
- Supposedly this is a policy of Major League Baseball and not the Rays. That may be true, but does anybody think fans are turned away from Fenway Park if they are wearing “Yankees Suck” t-shirts? Actually, yes. The policy at Fenway Park has been in place since 2004.
- “Yankees Suck” isn’t allowed, but THIS GUY was not only allowed into the stadium, but was seen on TV sitting next Todd Kalas. OK< obviously the Rays were unaware. But this does put the current topic into proper perspective, no?
- If the Rays asked us to take off one of these shirts, we would immediately look to the 30 Yankees fans within earshot and ask them if we could borrow a Yankees shirt. If more fans did that, the Rays might get the message and stop enforcing a silly policy.
- Wouldn’t a better way to enforce the policy be to hand out stickers that the fan can use to either cover up the “U” (a Sunburst logo?) or cover the entire word? Have those guys in the front office come up with something clever. It would go a long ways towards positive fan relations.