Last month we told you that the Rays would be wearing Tampa Smokers uniforms during their annual “Turn Back the Clock” game (July 2, vs Cardinals). Now we get a look at the uniforms.
If you saw our original post, you might notice something is missing…
On the original Smokers jersey, there was a cigar inside the red stroke under “Smokers,” as can be seen on this Smokers jersey. Also notice that the original jersey has a zipper front while the Rays went with buttons. That is obviously an improvement as the logo isn’t broken into two pieces. But it is not what a Smokers jersey looked like.
On the other hand, the absence of the cigar is a bit troublesome. This was likely done so that it wouldn’t appear as though the Rays were promoting smoking. If true, then why choose the Tampa Smokers for the throwback game?
It was as if the Rays wanted to honor the history of the area, without acknowledging what that history is about.
And in the end, they ended up with something that is both incorrect and probably a bit insulting to some. All in the name of political correctness.
Next time, just stick with the Tarpons. Just make sure to leave the hook out of the mouth.