The finalist representing the Rays is Megan Washington, from Cape Coral, Florida. And she says she is a Rays fan. But she also says she is a Yankees fan. So yeah, she really isn’t a fan of either.
Obviously this is troubling at best, and a slap to the face of the Rays fan base at worse. After all, if they were going to pick a Rays fan, there was at least one real Rays fan that even had the endorsement of David Price and James Shields.
But what is really troubling is that this caters to the stereotype that the Rays don’t have any real fans and the few that do exist are just jumping on the bandwagon and still have one foot on the Yankees or Red Sox wagon.
So, Miss Washington now needs people to vote for her in order to make into the actual Fan Cave. And we told her we would support her campaign if she renounced the Yankees. She would not.
We spoke with the folks at the Fan Cave, and they explained that it wasn’t about finding reps for each team specifically (by our count, the White Sox, Marlins, Royals, Nationals,and Astros are without any reps), but rather it was more about finding the most entertaining fans out of the 22,000 applicants.
Still, it is not easy to be a true baseball fan and root for two teams. It is downright impossible if those two teams play in the same division.
So if there is a possibility that the “Rays representative” will be wearing Yankees gear in the Fan Cave, well, we would just prefer that the Fan Cave not have a Rays fan at all.