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Rays affiliate removes any mention of ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’ (photo)


Alex Rodriguez arguably has been saying and doing all the right things in his return to Major League Baseball after serving a season in exile. And while for some it may be easy to forgive and forget, there are others who insist Rodriguez’s sordid history makes him an individual unworthy and undeserving of even a chance at redemption.

Count the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, in that faction, as the team were to hold an “A-Rod Juice Box Night,” on Friday with the team hosting the Tampa Yankees … until it apparently wasn’t.

The plan was for the first 500 fans to receive a special juice box with a note that reads:

The Sports Drink
100% Juiced
Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!

Zing! You know, except for the “affects” goof.

But the tweet announcing the clever dig at the expense of the Yankees slugger, as well as all mentions of the night’s festivities, have been wiped clean on the Internet, including said tweet. It’s unclear where else the night was being promoted, but it’s safe to assume it was featured on the team’s official site as well as on Facebook.

But nope, nothing, nada.

To speculate on why the night is no longer being promoted, or possibly even canceled, it may be that higher-ups at the Stone Crabs’ parent organization, the Rays, didn’t look too kindly upon one of its farm teams disparaging a member of the MLB fraternity — no matter how generally disliked he may be — with such snarky sarcasm.

It’s one thing to make fun of Kim Kardashian or whomever, but to rake an MLB player over the coals in such a manner apparently isn’t considered acceptable conduct, and that’s working under the assumption that the evening has been canceled instead of  simply not being promoted. But why would the Stone Crabs erase any mention of it from the Internet if it planned to continue with the evening’s festivities?

In any event, Stone Crabs fans who were looking forward to the event can take solace in the fact that the team will still be holding Free Beer Friday.

Via Facebook: “With the purchase of a $15 ticket fans can enjoy free draft beer from when gates open (at 5 PM) until the end of the first inning.”

It’s no A-Rod Juice Box, but it’s something. Drink up, folks.

[H/T Eye on Baseball]