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The Rays: a little inconsistent on the no-smoking message

Jun 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

It seems fairly simply to me: you either wear throwback jerseys for a team called “the Smokers” and go with all of the tobacco imagery that entails, or else you just avoid it altogether. The Rays, however, want to have it both ways, by wearing replicas of the old Tampa Smokers minor league team jerseys, but by censoring out the cigar that appears on the front:

Weak sauce, Rays. History is history, and the Smokers had cigars on the front of their shirts.  Either be cool with that and realize that no one is going to start smoking simply because Evan Longoria has a stogie on his shirt or, if that is just too offensive to your tender sensibilities, go in a different direction and throw back to the, I dunno, Tampa Lace Doilies or whatever makes you feel more comfortable.

(via Big League Stew)

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    This is also the team that says “sucks” is an offensive word.

  2. Panda Claus - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    They should’ve worked a deal with Weber grills and put one of those babies on the front instead.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Close but no cigar?
    Seriously, did they farm out this promotion to the Beep-beep dirt guys?

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:49 PM

      Double like the close but no cigar comment.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    This reminded me of this pic, which is the best pic ever:

    Also, if they are going to change the old jersey by redacting the cigar they should also add “Pole” above the logo. Sorry, ever since Gleeman posted boobies, my mind’s been all gutter all day. Blame it on the Twins fan.

  5. kopy - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    I don’t want to live in a world where they have to censor a cigar on a baseball jersey.

  6. bicyclee - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Sometimes not a cigar is just not a cigar.

  7. spudchukar - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    If the Rays chose to dump the cigar due to sensibilities to their fans, Screw ‘em. But that is a pretty funky cigar, so perhaps it was junked due to aesthetics.

    • indaburg - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:08 PM

      The fact that it looks like a turd is the only thing about it that I find offensive.

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    There are times where being PC just ends up making you look foolish. Let’s not be so afraid to offend someone 24/7.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      Amen. So stupid that they would even think twice about the cigar. If some parent complains about the front of the jerseys, then tell them to go watch soccer or something.

  9. JBerardi - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Did Jung Bong ever play for the Smokers?

    • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      I think Grant Roberts did.

  10. jimbo1949 - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Replace the cigar with a doobie. Yeah! That’s the ticket!

  11. Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Spark another Owl…..

  12. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    And for a day, they can rename that horrible stadium of theirs the Tropicancer Dome. Too bad Henry Miller died or he could throw out the first pitch.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Tropic of Cancer Dome.

  13. raysfan1 - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    I know they’ll do anything they can to make money, but I do not see the point of wearing “throwbacks” to a defunct minor league team. The cigar’s hideous, so that in itself is enough reason to leave it off. Leaving it off for PC reasons would be pretty weak though, especially as cigar-making was a big part of the early Cuban immigrants’ economic development in Tampa–and the Cuban quarter, with the cigar factory, is one of the main tourist draws in the city also.

  14. jasoncollette - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    After all, they have the Cuesta Ray Cigar Bar up in centerfield for fans to enjoy while on site.

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