Originally posted on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 4/4/13
On Wednesday during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Rays mascot was handed a controversial sign and held it up and took photos with it.  The sign made light of Steve Irwin’s death, when a Manta Ray stinger pierced his heart in 2006.  The Tampa Tribune provided some background on the incident: The sign was made by Lloyd Johnson, 29, an Army veteran from Pinellas Park who served in Iraq and is now attending St. Petersburg College. He brought it to Wednesday night’s game and during the seventh inning handed it Raymond, who held it up for photographs. In an email, he said he’s a “big Rays fan” and Irwin fan, but “I can also take a joke.” Johnson said Raymond “obviously thought it was funny because, at first, he stood up on the chairs and held it up for literally 3 seconds, either realizing what he was doing or when he saw the reaction from some of the fans, and got down and tried to hand it back. “Raymond did read the sign and even used his finger to point to ...
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