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The Rays make a fan remove his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt

May 25, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

Yankees Suck

We’ve heard the “Yankees suck!” chant for years. Indeed, we’ve heard it so much that it has basically lost all effectiveness as taunting, becoming noticeable only when it’s used in pathetic fashion, like say, at a New England Revolution-New York Red Bulls soccer game.

But it’s apparently a problem for the virgin eyes and ears down in St. Petersburg, because according to this story in the Tampa Tribune, Rays officials made a Rays season ticket holder remove his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt at a game last week because it allegedly constituted profanity.  When the fan — a lawyer, natch — objected to the usher telling him to do so, he asked to talk to a team official. No Rays official would talk to him, so he’s now writing letters and talking to the media about it.

This is not the first time this has happened. I seem to recall a similar ban going on out in Seattle several years ago.  There are likely others.

In other news, I never cease to be amazed at the kind of stuff that gets people worked up.

  1. kopy - May 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Well, I suppose the Rays can do whatever they want, and make these kinds of demands. If this guy doesn’t fall in, there will be thousands upon thousands of Rays fans clamoring to get a hold of his season tickets.

    • florida727 - May 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      More like “tens”, maybe “dozens”. You obviously haven’t been to a Rays game lately. Not exactly SRO, if you know what I mean.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        I do believe Kopy was engaging in a smidgen of sarcasm.

      • rebarratige - May 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        “There are dozens of us! Dozens!”

      • kopy - May 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    The doom of civilization is at hand when we begin to read each other’s t-shirts.
    The actual date won’t happen until sometime during the Championship Series, if I read my calendar correctly.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Sadly, the Yankees facility in the area probably brings more revenue to the city than the Rays do. I propose an experiment. Somebody wear a Rays Suck shirt to the Trop and see if they get the same response….

    • kellyb9 - May 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      I was actually under the impression that the Trop was one of the Yankees stadiums.

  4. cup0pizza - May 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    The Yankees do suck, so let the dude where the shirt. BFD

    • droogleeddie - May 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      “Wear” do you get off saying the Yankees suck? But yeah, let him “where” his shirt of lies… even as a Yankee fan, I too say BFD. These kinds of simple-minded shirts are good for profiling purposes.

    • bklynbaseball - May 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      Hilarious. You may not like the Yankees, but they definitely do not suck.

      “so let the dude where the shirt.” ??? Do you mean WEAR the shirt??? Feel free to go back and graduate high school first.

      • florida727 - May 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Dude, that’s why he put WHERE in quotes (“where”). He was making fun of the previous post. You might want to try that remedial English class one more time yourself.

      • cur68 - May 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        florida’; just to keep the peace between the decent folk, I do believe bklyn’ WAS replying to the original post (‘0pizza’s). His quote is from that directly not droogleeddie’s.

        Lets all try and stay calm with each other now…

  5. mjaugelli - May 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    I just think its sad that people get so upset about nothing. There is no problem with that shirt and I’m a Yankees fan.

    • b7p19 - May 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Agreed and I’ll add that the guy wearing the T-shirt needs to chill out too because it just doesn’t seem worth it. Take the shirt off and move on. Both parties are kind of stupid.

  6. Kevin S. - May 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    The most pathetic “Yankees Suck!” chant I’ve ever heard was actually at Fenway. When your team is getting their asses handed to you by one of those atrocious Tiger teams from the early part of last decade, you lose all right to comment on other teams sucking.

  7. Joe - May 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Outside Fenway a few years back they were selling “ARod sucks The Big Unit” shirts. That was on the wrong side of the line for me. Wearing “Yankees Suck” shirt is like wearing a “The Sun Rises in the East” shirt. It’s just stating a fact.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      I always liked the “Jeter Sucks ARod” shirts better. When the words “suck” constitutes “profanity”, we need to take a step back and see just how incredibly over-the-top PC we have become. Absolutely ridiculous.

    • tomemos - May 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      I think it’s long as it’s being kept abstract—”sucks” as an intransitive rather than a transitive verb—it’s fine.

  8. aceshigh11 - May 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    It’s beyond embarrassing when my fellow New Englanders start chanting “Yankees suck” at events that have NO relation to baseball, let along Sox/Yankees games.

    Hell, even chanting it at Sox/Yankees games is played out.

    • bklynbaseball - May 25, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      THANK YOU!!! Somebody up there with a brain. Hey New England, it was funny the first 15 years you chanted this – now it’s just tired and makes you all look pretty simple.

      • rebarratige - May 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        I dispute the claim that “Yankees Suck!” was ever funny.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    It does not say “ALL Yankees Suck” or “Yankees Always Suck” or anything like that. As such, it seems like it could be defended as factually true. Yes, Nick Swisher does in fact suck right now.

    Also, define ‘suck.’ Does it mean they play poorly, engage in fellatio, drink with straws, operate vacuums?

    Seems like there is an awful lot of gray area here…

    • florida727 - May 25, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Best post on here…

  10. Kevin S. - May 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    My favorite suck-related t-shirts used to be sold outside the UFO (a.k.a. New Soldier Field). First, there was “Packers suck, Favre swallows.” Then we got “Vikings suck, Favre still swallows.” Considering how much I had come to despise Brett Favre by the time I got to Chicago, I immensely enjoyed those.

  11. APBA Guy - May 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Folks, you are missing the point. This happened in Florida, where their legislature censured a member for saying “uterus” during a debate.

    Chris, it isn’t a case of pc, it’s a case of crazy.

    • bobwsc - May 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      not only that, the Tampa Bay area boasts a ton of seedy strip joints and porn shops. a shirt with “suck” on it is the breaking point?

  12. madhatternalice - May 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    This happens in Baltimore all the time. I’ve taken to wearing mine inside out until I get inside and seated.

  13. heyblueyoustink - May 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    It makes sense, banning the shirt. I mean they wouldn’t want to offend the majority of the paying and attending fans when the Yanks come to town, which coincidentally is Yankees fans themselves

  14. Jonny 5 - May 25, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Philly security has made people remove this. For Ryan Howard fans I’m thinking this shirt rocks myself!

    Which is just about as lame as what the Rays security did.

    • The Rabbit - May 25, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Now, that’s a great shirt!
      BTW…Sorry we missed you this past weekend. Hope your kid had a good game. Maybe we can do it next time I need to head east for a Tastykake fix.
      BTW2…How dare the airline want to charge me $25 to check my bag full of krimpets, chocolate cupcakes, and KandyKakes! Don’t they realize they’re medicinal?

  15. The Rabbit - May 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Several years ago, Texas Rangers fans were told to remove the same shirt in Arlington.
    I will avoid political commentary regarding what the IMHO “nutjobs” deem relevant and more importantly, their view that they have the right to be the arbiters of my individual rights.
    Beam me up Scotty.

  16. paperlions - May 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    I don’t know….seems like there is something wrong when a person feels more compelled to root against a team via their apparel than to support their team by wearing “home” colors. Yeah, that stuff is funny when you are a teenager, but one would hope that someday you become an adult.

    Maybe I’m just getting sick of the deluge of negativity in all aspects of society and would prefer a few more instances of positive attitudes when opportunities for them exist (and no “Yankees positively suck” does not qualify).

  17. florida727 - May 25, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    “Indeed, we’ve heard it so much that it has basically lost all effectiveness as taunting”


    Wrong. It’s still taunting and it’ll never lose its effectiveness. Sucking is, well, sucking :)

  18. marshmallowsnake - May 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    The Yankees Suck chant is so overplayed…especially in Massachusetts. I used to live there, and was at a 311 concert, and the fans were chanting Yankees Suck…really? I had no clue that 311 was playing the Yankees that night. I guess it is a good thing that the nice people of Massachusetts let me know.

  19. luckylosers - May 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    He should have just wore a shirt that said “peon”. Cause that’s all we really are.

  20. yankeesfanlen - May 25, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Doesn’t anyone realize that condescrending Yankee fans consider this verse ironic?

    • paperlions - May 25, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      I just assume that 99.99% of Yankee fans don’t properly understand the concept of irony…..which would make them….you know….just like everyone else.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 25, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        You are probably correct. Have to look into changing my screen name.

  21. jwbiii - May 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Whenever there’s a “Rays Season Ticket Holder Does Something” story, I always hope it’s Dick Vitale. I am again disappointed.

  22. memphisyinzer - May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    This coming from a town where a Tampa Bay Lightning fan was removed from the arena for littering the ice when he threw his hat onto the ice to honor a Lightning player’s Hat Trick in their first season in the NHL. Lighten up folks!!!!!

  23. sdelmonte - May 25, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    This whole “Yankees Suck” thing is small potatoes compared to the long and glorious history of NY Rangers fans chanting “Potvin Sucks.” Which has outlasted both the career of the former Islander and the relevance of his team (which I root for).

  24. psousa1 - May 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I guess it goes without saying the ‘Jeter takes A-Rod in the A$$’ t-shirts would be a no go as well?

  25. tampafan24 - May 25, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I have the same shirt and the self-proclaimed yankee fan who was scanning tickets at one of the gates made me turn my shirt inside out 2 years ago. I thought she was joking at first but she notified security of my seat location and had a security guard check to make sure I didn’t turn it back around. I agree with most of the rest of you when I say to the Rays bfd.

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