Huh? Rays Fan Kicked Out Of Tropicana Field For Wearing ‘Yankees Suck’ Shirt

What the fungus? Now hold on one second here. A Tampa Bay Rays fan, at the Tampa Bay Rays home stadium, was kicked out of Tropicana Field because he refused to take off his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt? Did I wake up in Bizarro World or something?

Sadly, it actually happened to Melton H. Little, an attorney from nearby Palmetto and the owner of seven season tickets. Little was attending a game between the Rays and New York Yankees on May 15th 16th with his two sons.  Minding their business while cheering on the hometown nine while surrounded by interloping Yankees fans. Things were fine until the fourth inning, when Little was approached by security. The following exchange between Little and the security guard transpired (via Tampa Bay Online):

“The security guard says Major League Baseball has determined that the shirt constitutes profanity,” Little said. “He tells me to get another shirt, cover it up, turn it inside out or leave the stadium.

“I said, ‘That’s unbelievable,’ and he says, ‘I don’t’ make rules, I’m just telling you.’ “

Little refused to remove his “Yankees Suck” shirt, so he and his two sons were escorted from his seats – three of the seven seats he paid $20,000 this year for season tickets. Little was afforded the opportunity to plead his case to some Rays suit after he was embarrassingly and wrongly removed from his seats, but that didn’t bring about a favorable resolution as the front office employee simply shut the door on him. That’s a pretty impressive display of customer relations right there.

Undeterred in the belief that he had done nothing wrong, Little then wrote a letter to the Rays requesting clarification of the team’s dress code policy. Little argued that he had done nothing wrong and that the shirt was not “obscene, offensive or indecent,” which the fan handbook forbids. When asked, Rays spokesperson Rick Vaughn refused to elaborate on Little’s letter other than acknowledging that he has reviewed the letter and that the Rays get “tons of letters from fans all the time.” Helpful.

Obviously, I am siding with Mr. Little on this one. In light of all the terrible things that are reported every day regarding the reprehensible, drunken and often criminalistic behavior which occurs at ballparks across America to a disturbing and alarming degree, merely wearing a “Yankees Suck” shirt pales in comparison to those troubling activities. Further, given the fact that the Rays have an incredibly difficult time getting fans to, you know, actually show up for games, hassling a guy who has seven freaking season tickets and has been an owner of season tickets since 1998 when the Rays began play at Tropicana Field, well, I don’t have to tell you that security did and the team is continuing to take a completely moronic stance on this issue. Simply idiotic.

Oh, and the Yankees do suck, by the way, although that is just my opinion. An opinion probably shared by the 400 Rays fans who actually showed up at the game in question. So why not hassle one of them? Genius!

Yankees-hating shirt gets Rays fan in trouble [Tampa Bay Online]

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107 Comments

  1. Toe Nash

    May 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    $20,000 worth of seats??

    Did he purchase an entire section?

    • Here we go

      May 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Grumble….now i…no wait….still can comment yet.———-Ok,maybe now…So now if you purchase tickets for an event…yes i know he has season tickets…..still if you purchase a ticket at an event in a stadium that you do not own and you are on national televised game and with your own kids there you decide to show them how to disrespect the wishes of said owner of stadium who will be the one sued over your shirt if someone feels like bringing a law suite for somthing like that and yes it is very minor thing…but ask McDonalds if serving very hot coffee and writing it on the cup and telling said customer its hot will not get you a law suit when they put it between their legs and spills it and burns their legs. You cant show your kids the right thing to do when the stadium has asked nicely for you to respect the stadium and the game….not even gonna go into good sportsmanship…and you decide your bigger than all that because you purchased some seats. what about everyone else in the stadium who didnt present a problem with any of the rules stated or other wise ..he was given a option and refused. So what have you just taught your children…well if someone askes you nicely to comply with the rules of a event you are attending its ok to tell em to (as his shirt implies) -uck it.

      • nurseyoohoo

        May 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        Shows a lot of class mr attorney……..teaching your chidren well, representing your team well. I’m sure all of Florida is proud to call you theirs. Texas is glad your not theirs!

        • Black Knight

          May 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

          Well Said

        • MF

          May 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

          I agree….what are you teaching your kids…and we wonder why today’s youth are disrespectful punks!!! Why, because they learn it from their moronic parents. And this guy is allowed to practice law. America is lost!

        • EvoSero

          May 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

          While I think you’re trolling, I’ll bite for the sake of it.

          The shirt said “Yankees suck.” That’s about as low on the totem pole of trash talking you can get.

          I suppose you think the shirt should’ve instead said “Dear Yankees organization, I respectfully wish to communicate with your personnel that I subjectively believe the talent level and societal value of your baseball club to be below par and generally inadequate as per my personal allegiances within Major League Baseball”.

          • lexicondevil

            May 27, 2011 at 2:56 am

            That shirt would be awesome. I suggest you start selling them immediately…

            • Chas

              May 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

              I would buy it! Send me 2!

        • tackster

          May 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

          It teaches your kids to stand up for what is right you stupid sheeple!

          • Ricky B

            May 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

            Ditto….Well Said!

          • jjlogan

            July 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

            Lol Are you joking? If so, it was a funny one! If not, then I hope you don’t have children. In no way did he teach his kids to stand up for what’s right. The only thing he taught them was entitlement! “Ok dear children listen carefully. What I hope you learned today is that it’s good to be rich so that you don’t have to respect authority. Following the rules and being respectful to others is for poor people, and we are better than that! Got it? Ok good.

        • mberry

          May 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

          Get a grip Texas. It teaches your kid their is still free speech in this country and you should be able to wear what you want. How narrow minded are you? Oh wait…you must go to church every other day and believe everything Fox News says. I hope he sues the Rays. Go to Boston or New York and you won’t see someone getting kicked out for a dumb t-shirt.

      • Ryan Laco

        May 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

        Here we go, you are a FAG! Enough said. Sue me. You obviously were shook one too many times as an an infant. Are you American? Or an illegal? Because the constitution says you have FREEDOM OF SPEECH! even if it is no a shirt, as long as it doesnt interfere with the fan handbook, which it clearly doesnt represent something cruel, demeaning, or wrong. You are the smallest tool in the toolbox sir

      • bammbamm

        May 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        Yeah…but “Yankees Suck” t-shirt being offensive? I’m no fan of the Yankees either but this is just more whiney, politically correct crap. People need to grow up. And for the love of God, don’t take that way over the top to mean you should be able wear a shirt with a porn star taking it in the rear. The obvious things should not be worn. I think it’s offensive when a fat woman where a tight top and you can see the imprint of rolls but you know what, tough. I’ll just avoid looking at her. This is right up there with people bitching about tv or radio: You don’t like The Apprentice – change the chanel. You don’t like FoxNews – Don’ watch it. You don’t Rush Limbaugh? Don’t listen. You don’t like a shirt some guy is wearing – ignore it and mind your own damn business.

      • NRG Guy

        May 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        Obviously, this “guy” has never been to an Oakland Raiders game or even a “T-O” game(that’s Texas-Oklahoma to this putz). The 1st T-O game I attended, a mother and daughter were both wearing OU Sucks buttons. Another mother daughter combo were wearing UT Sucks. Beer is sold at both venues. What about the heckling in the stands? That is more vulgar than a SUCKS t-shirt. In short, at this time of the season, both teams SUCK. If the shirt had said “Yankees Suck and we suck too” would he had been kicked out? The only certain thing about this situation is “RAYS MANAGEMENT SUCKS” Will this get me kicked out of a Rays game?

        • Rouge

          May 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

          NRG GUY SUCKS…. that is the dumbest comment. MLB set the rules for this, NOT THE RAYS!! And the shirt was not purchased at the stadium. You people are so dumb. It was offensive…. that is not freedom of speech. I saw a guy at a Texas Rangers game kicked out for wearing a Phuck the Fillies shirt one time… is that freedom of speech? That is offensive and if you wanna play, you have to play by the rules

          QUIT COMPLAINING!! By the way, neither the Yankees nor the Rays suck… if you are so awesome, why aren’t you playing major league baseball?

          • tackster

            May 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

            Baaaaaaaaahhhhhh! Hey little boe peep, you think ‘Yankees Suck’ is offensive. Really? I am not supporting the freedom of speech argument either. We are strictly talking what is offensive here. ‘Phuck the Fillies’ is obviously offensive…yet funny…and I would not argue if I was asked to leave wearing that. But ‘Yankees Suck’? Wow. Would you kick me out for letting out an accidental burp too? Your attitude offends me. Get out of here.

          • lexicondevil

            May 27, 2011 at 3:03 am

            Actually, you seem to suck, Rouge.

            Have you ever been to a Major League game? This is by far one of the tamest things you’ll hear (or read) at a game. There are plenty of profane fans at a game that deserve to get booted. This gentleman is not one of them.

            Your comment makes me like EvoSero’s shirt idea even more.

      • Daniel Emmett

        May 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        Oh my God!!! Have you ever heard of first amendment rights? You need to get a clue dude, probably by taking a civics class again, assuming you ever had one in the first place.

        • Hellzyeah

          May 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

          You are an idiot. The First Amendment does not give you the right to say anything you want anywhere at any time. Go into your boss’s office (assuming you are bright enough to get a job in the first place), scream “f*** you!!!” in his/her face and see how far your First Amendment rights get you. Moron. People like you should have their keyboard taken away, or better yet, beaten with it until your three brain cells start working.

          That said, the Rays are frigging pathetic for doing this to a paying customer when the word “suck” is about the least offensive thing ever heard as far as taunts go at major sporting events. If the word “suck” offends you, stay out of pro sports events (or collegiate ones, even worse).

          • bahahahah

            May 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

            wow you are dumb. yes you can say all that to your boss. but then he has the freedom of speech to fire you. next time you are so condescending, please realize what YOU are writing. douche.

      • please

        May 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        I think that he taught his kids a valuable lesson. He paid for a product and complied with the rules associated with the product he purchased. He then had the rules changed on him and stood up for what he believed was right. Were the Rays going to provide him with a shirt? Why should he have to purchase another shirt, or turn his inside out when he was complying with the rules. I would want my kids to stand up for themselves and not be stepped on just because they are in a stadium owned by someone else.

      • Not a Yankees Fan either

        May 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

        Let’s get real folks. The only reason this became an issue is because the game was on national television and MLB doesn’t want to offend the pockets of the Yankees and their fans. No one wearing a Cubs still Suck shirt was ever kicked out of Busch Stadium.

    • barbara

      May 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      For 20,000, he should get to sit in the dugout!

      • XTrustNo1X

        May 26, 2011 at 12:58 am

        Barbara…You think you should be able to sit in the Rays dugout for a mear $20 large? Hahah! Here, in the Shrine to the Legendary 27 time World Series Champions, the NY Yankees, a Corporate Box for one game is $160,000. And, just so you know, if this assclown wore that shirt to NY Yankees Stadium, he should only hope being put out is the only thing that will happen. More than likely, he’s going to get a beating in front of his brat. And, nothing for nothing, but, in case you and the rest of the Tampa fans, NY Yankees own that Stadium also. When the Yankees come in for a series, there’s more NY Yankees fans, then there are Rays fans. Must make the Rays players really feel at home having the chant, “Let’s Go Yankees” sung out by the majority of the fans in attendance. In fact, this happens all over, where ever the Legendary NY Yankees play. They’ve got fans all over the World, that why they Logo is the most recognized Sports logo in the Entire World. So, you and the rest of these disrespectful so called MLB Baseball fans, would be wise, and show respect to the Greatest Professional Sports Franchise in the World! We own everything! We’re NY Yankees fans! So, I have two words for you Tampa Bay fans…Pucker up!

        • New York Swallows

          May 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

          Yankees Suck

          • BIGDAVEFROMKUWAIT

            May 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

            Awesome – not much wit in these blogs, but your line was just sweet. Started my day with a smile

        • Ricky B

          May 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

          Paaaaalease Trusty the keyboard warrior. The fans at Yankees stadium are all rich gentile p words. It cost so much to go to a game that the blue collar fans that made the franchise, probably like yourself (and me, not NY though, Phillies), cant afford to sit anywhere near a guy like this. Its why there is no such thing as home field advantage in any major sports playoffs. The fans are corprate whimps! so stop acting a like a tough guy and say something already…

        • woooooow

          May 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

          Hey- Try this!! : read this comment using your best (worst) new york accent imitation! It makes you realize how dumb this guy is!!! and its funny, try it

        • bobby o'ryan

          May 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

          yankees suck. new york sucks. end of story

        • SkankeesSuck

          June 29, 2011 at 12:19 am

          yankees= cocksuckers

    • White like paper

      May 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      $20,000 divided by 7 tickets over 82 games = $34.84 a ticket. You can find seats for that price anywhere. Easy enough to spend $20k on tickets.

  2. dave leblanc

    May 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Good..glad to see the Rays ownership has some class,obviously Mr. Little doesn’t..nor does anyone that wheres a t-shirt like that..

    • bammbamm

      May 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Grow some thicker skin.

      • Yondo

        May 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        “Grow some thicker skin” – My thoughts exactly!!! When did everyone turn into a sissy?!?! And since when did the word “suck” become offensive? I guarantee what was written on his shirt was nowhere near as bad as the things that are SAID between opposing teams fans at games…

        • Dropkick

          May 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

          How about those Nicorette commercials with the “Suckometer?” Should these be banned as well?

          The more often the word is used, the less profane it sounds, and the more it seems synonymous with “stink.”

        • george

          May 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm

          What exactly do you think the word “suck” means when connected to Yankees or anything else, you fool! If that T-shirt is not offensive, then I don’t know what is!

          • wordman

            May 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

            The word “suck”, while originally connected with a certain act, has taken on other meanings over the years (as words tend to do over generations, hence, the need for a glossary to read Shakespeare). Many people translate it as “stink” or “are terrible.” Offensive is subjective, so if you asked me and many of the readers on this website, yes, you don’t know what offensive is. So I wouldn’t be calling someone a fool because just because you are easily offended. Most people nowadays wouldn’t bat an eye at that phrase.

    • SkankeesSuck

      June 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

      come on, really? its baseball. not a dinner party. id gladly wear a shirt that says f**k the yankees.

  3. Yondo

    May 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, this is amazing. The Rays front office aren’t exactly the sharpest crayons in the box now are they?

    Not profane. Not vulgar. Not out of line.

    As a Cardinals fan, I wear “Cubs Suck” and “Cuck the Fubs” shirts all the time at Cards/Cubs games; at both Busch AND Wrigley. Never had an incident. Actually, I get a more positive reaction when I wear those shirts to Wrigley. I guess the Cubs and Cardinals know how to properly treat their fans. “Good job” Rays front office…you guys really do suck

  4. bilmar

    May 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I hope nobody farts in that stadium; expulsion for the season.

  5. Ronald Lewis

    May 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I believe that shirt has been worn by many, at Fenway Park!

    • Barbara

      May 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Does this mean I can no longer wear my anti-Rays shirts when I go to the Trop?…heck, maybe they’ll make me move out of St Pete … GROW UP Rays front office…it’s a GAME and everyone has their own favorites…AND being a Fenway Faithful I have anti-yankee shirts that are alot worse that that one!!

      • Ronald Lewis

        May 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

        I believe that shirt has been worn by many, at Fenway Park!
        The Security Guard stated, Major League Baseball determined this!
        I wonder if the Security Guard was a Yankee Fan! lol And who did the Security Guard get his/her orders from?

    • Ronald Lewis

      May 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      I believe that shirt has been worn by many, at Fenway Park!
      The Security Guard stated, Major League Baseball determined this!
      I wonder if the Security Guard was a Yankee Fan! lol

  6. Dropkick

    May 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Actually, that’s a pretty common T-shirt, which was probably sold by a vendor right outside the stadium.

    I see no problem wearing a shirt that states an actual fact.

    Our attorney friend should start rooting for the Sox. I’m pretty sure we’d take him in, T-Shirt and all!

    • crunch

      May 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Well, dropkick, that’s part of the problem. The shirt lies. Further, the Tshirt is obscene, rude, and offensive. Still further, it is against Tropicana Field rules to wear something like that. So, don’t wear it until the rule changes…pretty simple, even for a lawyer.

      I can imagine what its like at this guys house…”Mommy, this dinner sucks.” “Jeez, Dad, you really suck.” etc. etc.

      • barbara

        May 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        crunch – Just how does that shirt lie? You a Hankees fan? AND, the point is, the rule on what you can wear is cloudy…Last time I was at the Trop the guy next to me had a shirt that said “F the Sox”…no one threw him out… Oh, and I don’t think the F stood for field, fly or any other baseball term …

        • ts

          May 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

          let the imagination run. what does suck mean, just loke what does the letter ‘F’ mean?

        • crunch

          May 27, 2011 at 5:12 am

          No, barbara, I am a Yankees fan.

          But you’re right. I’m being a prude. Go ahead and plaster the Trop with obscenities. Give very kid under 12 a T shirt that says the visiting team sucks. After all, its only Floriduh…

          • Greg

            May 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

            Crunch,
            You are such a dweeb. If you think “sucks “is an obscenity you are crazy. Original meaning was sucks eggs. I hate political correctness. I’ve been to Yankee stadium and the fans there were assholes. Loudmouthed idiots that know nothing about baseball.
            Remember, the loudest person in the room is never the smartest.

  7. cb

    May 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. Fans should be rooting for their own team not denegrating the other. Those shirts are a symptom of the ever increasing problem of fan hostility to opposing teams, players and fans that root for those opposing teams. And to behave like that with his son is irresponsible as well. Suck is an offensive word and to teach his son that not only saying that word but to call someone that is appropriate is what’s offensive! As the father of a 13 year old who goes to many games, I would never let my son be part of that kind of attitude toward anyone, including baseball players. It’s bad enough that adults think that’s ok. As far as I’m concerned, that father has a lot of learn as a role model. I also think you need to reevaluate what you consider to be approppriate language and conduct at a ballpark.

    • Dropkick

      May 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Waaaaaaaah! Waaah! Waah! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

      Sorry for the repetition…just picture an audio attachment!

    • Dan

      May 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

      I strongly disagree with you rivalry is part of what makes sports great , i go to 6 Packer games a year and have seen every kind of T-shirt that insults the Packers but my first reaction isn’t that the individual wearing the T-Shirt should be tossed from the game i generally look on laugh at what the shirt has to say and move on. I think that what happened at the Rays game is denying a fan one of the more special things that come from attending a sporting event and that is bashing that teams rival. THE BEARS STILL SUCK ( is anyone offended by that statement ? )

    • rubicon

      May 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Hey cb…YOU SUCK! and I my 10 year son would say it right along with me. You couldn’t be more wrong with your attitude. It’s people like you who’s sphincter is as tight as a pea that are big problem with this country now days.

      Please read the below translations for the word SUCK. In case you’re SLOW this guys shirt refers to #4. I’m interested to know how this is offensive.

      1 to draw liquid etc into the mouth As soon as they are born, young animals learn to suck (milk from their mothers); She sucked up the lemonade through a straw.
      2 to hold something between the lips or inside the mouth, as though drawing liquid from it I told him to take the sweet out of his mouth, but he just went on sucking; He sucked the end of his pencil.
      3 to pull or draw in a particular direction with a sucking or similar action The vacuum cleaner sucked up all the dirt from the carpet; A plant sucks up moisture from the soil.
      4 (American) (slang) to be awful, boring, disgusting etc Her singing sucks; This job sucks.

  8. dick

    May 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Yankees didn’t play the devil rays on May 15, 2011

  9. Antonio

    May 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Dear Rays Fans,

    The whole Yankee Suck thing is really old and really has no barring when a Rays fans wears the shirt. You see we all know that all Florida fans are well FAKE. So perhaps Yankee fans should start showing up at Rays games with shirts that say RAYS FANS ARE FAKE.
    Now that is a shirt to wear and I may add not offensive either.

    When you get to sale out game after game then we can talk, until then RAYS fans, you arent fans and you are whats really wrong with MLB.

    • terry s

      May 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      all the rays fans are from new york anyway.

  10. Ralph Minero

    May 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    All this is so gay

  11. David Miller

    May 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love it when I hear someone say the yankees suck. They sucked in 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950 ,1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. One can only imagine what their record would have been if they were a good team.

    • Black Knight

      May 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Interesting thought

    • John Penn

      May 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      They suck because they always get the publicity over all the other teams, no matter how bad the team is playing. Believe me, that sucks.

    • John Penn

      May 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      They suck because they always get the publicity and national coverage over all the other teams no matter how bad they are playing.

    • Greg

      May 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Einstein,
      Everyone knows the Yankees do not suck. They are the most successful team in pro sports. It’s called a rivalry. Its a harmless jab at the competition. We are so sensitive today. Wake up!

  12. Lee

    May 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Does anybody remember the giants fan getiing beaten, almost to death at dodger stadium? I understand why they did it, i could easily see a shirt like that provoking a bad situation… its unfortunate, but its reality…

    • wordman

      May 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Wow. I can’t believe you typed that.

    • D Poir

      May 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      You’re an idiot of you think a tee-shirt provokes violence and only a bigger idiot would start violence over a tee shirt.

  13. Black Knight

    May 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I find the article educational. He violates the rules of the club concerning attire, or at least as judged by the owners of the team to be correct attire, then tries to get the owners to see it his way. When that does not work, he gets a news paper to say it is alright to violate the dress code of the team at the stadium because he paid $20,000 for his seats and they have a very rough time filling the stadium seating.

    Well there is your logic for you. It is ok because he paid a lot for his seats. Ironically, the club is a good club, but they have had trouble getting fans since they started in Tampa. In fact when they were in the playoffs, they still did not fill the stadium. I don’t think one pinhead lawyer is going to make that big a difference. I am surprised the team has not moved out of tampa already to some place where they are appreciated by the fans and they can actually make money.

  14. John Penn

    May 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    In Los Angeles, they allow fans with gang tattooes on their necks to attend Dodgers games. Comparably, this man was harmless.

  15. Shawn

    May 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Everyone just grow up…it is only Baseball.

  16. Yankees H8TR

    May 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Just spend time in the bleachers at a Yankee gams some time. I went to Yankees/Red Sox game the last year that the original stadium was open. Every time…and I mean every time, when a person wearing Red Sox apparel stood up where the could be seen, were called every swear word in the book. Five fights broke out in the bleachers that night. And they don’t serve alcohol in the bleacher seats. It’s just nast people. And this guy gets booted out for wearing a shirt that says “Yankees Suck?” Get real. Freedom of Speach is what we have in this country. He wasn’t yelling at Yankee Fans, he wasn’t being disruptive and you boot him out. I hope he sells his $20K worth of season tickets and you don’t see another dime from him.

    If the Yankee fans could spell RAYS without having to spot them the R, Y & S, they would have shirts that said RAYS SUCK as well.

    Get smart Tampa Bay. Let the guy wear his shirt.

  17. Tim

    May 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    They do the same thing at Yankee Stadium–a buddy of mine has an old school “Boston Sucks” shirt and they made him switch it inside out. It’s lame but it’s not a big deal–you just flip it inside out. The fact that the guy was so unwilling to do the most obvious solution to the problem and flip it inside out and would prefer ejection might show that maybe, just maybe, he was doing more than just sitting patiently until the 4th inning. When you mind your own business, people leave you alone!

  18. terry schumacher

    May 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The Rays organization Sucks

  19. terry s

    May 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    convict me. My son brought me home a package of facial tissue recently he bought at Walgreens. It says on each tissue Blow Me. Can anyone explain what that means. Should we all picket Walgreens for selling these?

    • george

      May 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      No Terry, we shouldn’t picket Walgreens but you can blow me!

  20. Ted

    May 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    So if Major League Baseball has determined that his shirt constitutes profanity does this mean that they will be removing yankee fans who sit through a whole game chanting “Boston Sucks”???????? Seriously I have been to a Yankees game when they played the Indians and through the whole game they chanted “Boston Sucks”. So I guess this is using profanity at a game and they should be removed from the game.Can’t wait to see this one.

    • Ronald Lewis

      May 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      The Gentleman should have his son wear the T-shirt when the Yankees come back to town. It surely would capture Fox and Headline News!

  21. angelo c.

    May 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    i am a yankee fan, and sometimes they do suck. i go to red sox games and i will all most always wear a red sox suck shirt to confound the real fans. if you really must know other than at one time having a rhode islander play for tampa the (RAYS SUCK) COME ON GUYS WHERE IS YOU SENSE OF HUMOR

  22. Chris

    May 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Can you be any more biased in this article? you say he was “wrongly” removed. I’m not a yankee fan but I’ll tell you what. why don’t you finish the sentence you moron? I can’t believe they just let people like you write shit like this and pass it off as newsworthy. “Yankees suck!” think about it?? SUCK WHAT? it is profane you douche!

    • dpoir

      May 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      The word suck has come to mean more than the act of putting something in your mouth. When someone says a team stinks are they referring to how they smell? No. In this case you are the moron. If you think the word sucks is offensive you have a problem. Grow up sissy.

    • Weed Against Speed

      May 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      In your eloquent comment, you argue that the word “suck” is profane, yet in the same sentence, you refer to me as a douche. I guess that means you would have no problem with a t-shirt which read “Yankees are douches,” right?

      And isn’t it crazy how I’m allowed to write “shit” (not profane, either, I reckon) like this and pass it off as newsworthy? America sure is crazy, ain’t it? What with the entire stupid freedom of speech crap and the right to articulate one’s own opinion freely. And in case you are too dimwitted to realize it, you are taking advantage of the same philosophies and ideals by making this comment, albeit you did so in an idiotic manner. Think about it!!

      • kpsmitty

        May 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        Now that’s funny!

  23. D. Poirier

    May 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    The Tampa Bay Rays organization are moronic for ejecting an obviously devoted fan (they have so few) for wearing a shirt seen at EVERY Yankee road game. As a Red Sox fan I hate the Yankees too but I stop short of saying they ‘suck’. If they sucked we wouldn’t hate them. I tend to vew Yankees Susk tee-shirts as stupid, but if you want to wear one that’s your right.

    In this case the Tampa Bay Rays organization and security SUCK HARD. That guy should end his association with the Rays. Come aboard the Red Sox bandwagon, we’re happy to have fans who hate the New Yawkas.

  24. Paddy Boy

    May 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I have to agree with D. Poirier on ONE point. As a Red Sox fan, I hate the Yankees with a passion. We hate them no matter what. You can tell a true baseball fan; they’re not afraid to wear their “heart on their sleeve”. If he doesn’t like the Yankees, I say good for him! You should be able to wear what you want. I can’t believe that the Rays would tell one of their own fans they can’t wear a innocent anti Yankees shirt. As a die-hard member of Red Sox nation, I think that the Rays organization might have made a bad decision regarding this fan’s fashion choices. He has a right to wear what he wants. Remember guys, there’s this little thing called Freedom of Expression and I believe that he is protected by it.

    There is that other guy that is still in the hospital following that beating he took for wear Giants gear to a game and getting severly beaten. It is an example of people in this nation not recognizing that people have a right to express themselves. Others may not like it, but they should respect the other person’s viewpoints, even if it is on a shirt.

  25. RetiredGunnyUSMC

    May 26, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I was not allowed into RayJay in the first game of the ’05 season against Buffalo. I had a shirt on that said “Buck Fuffalo” that I purchased in Dallas prior to them beating the Bills for the second consecutive time in the Super Bowl. Security would even allow me to turn it wrong side out.

  26. beagamer

    May 26, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Once again, America is allowing liberals to dictate how we should all think. Stupid.

    • A Wanderer

      May 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Hey, beagamer, what makes you think this has ANYTHING to do with liberals? Censoring free speech has ALWAYS been the province of conservatives and their fear of anything different: “It’s always been done that way, it should stay that way.” How in the world do you figure liberalism fits into this? It is liberals (guess you may someday work it out that I am one) who fight so hard for freedom of speech and expression and conservatives that do their utmost to squelch said freedom. By definition, liberals DON’T “dictate how we should all think.” Talk about stupid. I would not let my kid see me in a shirt that said that, but that’s just me — that’s my CHOICE. Get it? Yeah, I’m liberal, and I live by a code of ethics that boils down to ‘live and let live’. I think the guy sets a poor example for his kid, but it’s HIS kid, not mine. Please, go get some game before exorting others to “be a gamer.”

  27. Kevin in Baltimore

    May 26, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Give me a break!!!

    Everybody except Yankee fans think the Yankees SUCK.

    And, suck is only offensive IF you put a noun after it. And that noun must be offensive by itself inorder for sucks to be considered offensive.

    This world is just to damned sensitive to somebody being offended. Mr Little should sue the Rays. If they would have left him alone nobody would have noticed. Even if he was shown on their giant TV screen no one would have taken offence. Except maybe a drunken Yankees fan.

  28. bronxirish

    May 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

    The same thing happened to me at Yankee Stadium,I was wearing a Boston Sucks shirt and security made me turn it inside out.So I got a marker and wrote Boston Sucks on the inside too.They were not amused and made me take off the shirt or be ejected.When I watch games on tv I see Yankee Suck t-shirts all the time,and that’s down on field level,not the nose bleeds.It is just a game so people should lighten up but not everyone can make that distinction as proved by what happened to that poor guy out west so I can sort of see thier point.The problem isn’t the t-shirt it is the subhuman jackholes who unfortunately ruin everything for everyone!Go Yanks and Boston Sucks!!!!!

  29. Rangers Fan

    May 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

    If so few Rays fans showed up, then the Rays management was probably pandering to the Yankees fans to make sure the Yankees fans keep coming back as it seems they are majority of the ticket buyers. Yeah, the Rays management group is packed full of morons. That shirt wouldn’t stop Yankee fan attendance. Hell, in Texas, Yankees fans stand up and encourage the mistreatment.

  30. Barry Beck

    May 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Big deal. In 2005 I was with a group of people at Camden Yards to see Balt. play the Yanks. One of our group was wearing a shirt with the same saying. In our instance the ushers asked him to take the shirt off or leave the park.

  31. kieran coyle

    May 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I read an article that the yankee’s actually make money off those shirts because they copyrighted the slogan. That guy had the word yankees plastered across his chest. You will NEVER see Tampa, Rays , Boston, or Red Sox on this Yankee Fan. ( sans tribute to Jim Herman, my great Red Sox friend)

  32. Alan

    May 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    My advice to MLB: Lighten up, Frances.

  33. Bones

    May 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Might I suggest an alternate?

    Yankees increase the pressure gradient between a region of low pressure and the ambient.

  34. Sean

    May 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    This is hilarious. No wonder why they can’t fill the seats at that stadium. It’s being run by a group of people who have no clue what they are doing. They should be selling “Yankees Suck” shirts in the gift shop.

    I’m a Yankees fan and this story just puts a smile on my face. Apparently they’ve never been to a game in Fenway. Not only is half of the crowd wearing a “Yankees Suck” shirt the entire stadium is chanting it too. Along with things like “Je-ter-swal-lows” That’s something that you can say could be construed as offensive but sucks, come on…

    They should focus on building a stadium that is actually worth the fans attending, maybe even in the city the team is named after…

  35. George

    May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    This is just stupid….Sucks is a commonly used word in our language and isn’t even bleeped on network TV.It’s not obscene or offensive,except to those who look for reasons to be offended.What are they going to do next…eject people for clapping and cheering?

  36. BIGDAVEFROMKUWAIT

    May 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Here is the deal….go on the Disney Channel and see how often Zack and Cody say suck in the episode. Evidence of the evolution of language. A word previously offensive is, well, common. In the context of a public sporting event, it is entirely acceptable. Rays just missed the boat and did so at the expense of an important customer. MLB, if you wonder why you are now a distant third behind the NFL and the NBA, it is this stuff.

  37. rico gee

    May 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    In many ways wearing the shirt is not a big deal, agreed. However, it is just one more sign of the breakdown of manners and respect for others in American society. Going to a sporting event and taking your wife, girl friend or children is now an exercise in avoidance: avoiding the cursing, obnoxious fan or avoiding the beer thrown at you if you are wearing the opposite teams colors or, as a recent event showed, being beaten until you are near death. Wearing the “sucks” shirt is a small part of the of the trend towards barbarism in society and it should be condemned. Justifying it by saying “grow up, this is nothing compared to, etc, etc ” does not make it right.

  38. Terry

    May 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I agree with Dave Le Blanc – the Rays organization was just trying to keep some class to their stadium. It’s all these little things in life that are making our morals go to hell in a handbag. Would this man let his kid go to school with a tee shirt that says “Teacher Sucks!” I don’t think so. Him wearing that shirt was just not the right thing to do or teach his children.

    • bubbagyro

      May 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Terry, I agree—Good result. Just what we Rays fans would have needed, to emulate the seedy, low class Bostonians. They are not true fans, just negative fans. They do not care if their team wins or not, just that the Yankees lose. Call them Anti-fans. What a bunch of degenerate low-lives are these clowns. I’m glad we have a higher class of fans here, and they are doing something to keep the Neanderthals at bay. I sure do wish more fans would show up, though. The irony of it all is, which team always likes to bean the Rays players? The Red Sox have been keeping that tradition since Pedro Martinez set the record for plunking Rays. Go figure, that the T-shirt didn’t say “Sox Sux”.

  39. hank griffin

    May 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    What a bunch of maroons ,lets have Yankees suck t-shirt day.

  40. Doris

    May 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Ask the poor fan who has brain damage from being beaten in California for doing absolutely nothing, if he thinks its a good idea to antagonize or garner the attention of crazy people. Keep it clean. Dont teach you kids to be bullies.

    • Greg

      May 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      You are making excuses for the idiots who beat that kid at Dodger stadium. There is no t shirt message in the world that should cause anyone to beat you within an inch of death. It’s a f&$@ing game.

  41. Rome

    May 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

    This story doesn’t surprise me a bit. The only thing worse than the stadium and the fans are the nazi security clowns in that hellhole. If MLB had any sense whatsoever they’d pull the franchise out and put it in a place where people actually support their teams.

    • Greg

      May 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      I’m done with the Trop. Too many bad experiences from ushers… If they don’t move to Tampa this team is done. The old folks in St Pete won’t spend money on tickets.
      Put a stadium at channel side and you take advantage of the 50,000 plus college kids on this side. I hate going to the Trop . Long drive, nothing to do around the stadium, shitty venue. Treated like crap when you get there.
      I’m over it.

  42. Steve C.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Terry/bubbagyro
    Suppose he had worn a shirt that read: “I Love The Yankees!” and the Rays had asked him to remove it because they thought it was offensive. Would you still think he is wrong to not remove it?
    The issue here is the Rays can dictate what they think is offensive or not offensive…not you, not me, not Melvin H. Little. He can still wear the shirt, just not in Tropicana Field. If he feels strongly enough in his beliefs, he can can express his displeasure with his wallet.

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