Of course, Poison frontman Bret Michaels is in good company, as national broadcasters and writer/bloggers have long referred to the "Tampa Rays" and their home in "Tampa."The #Rays should have told Brett Michaels what city Tropicana Field is in...because it's not Tampa.— Matt Stein (@MattSteinSTF) July 17, 2016
But it's not like the Rays have exactly gone out of their way to correct the slight to "Tampa Bay" and St. Petersburg, either. Can you imagine how FSU would react if the national media kept calling them the "Florida Seminoles?"
Or a rival?
even their own employees do it, even if it is unintentionally.
But what could the Rays do to better-represent their region and St. Petersburg's investment in the team? How about the same thing they did when they dropped the word "Devil" from their name in 2008?
The team developed a "swear jar":
It wouldn't be such a bad tip of the hat to the team's fans around Tampa Bay who don't happen to live in the city of Tampa. And who knows, it may even help them get some positive national exposure again?
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