The Tampa Bay Rays have formally apologized after their mascot Raymond the Stingray posed with a sign mocking the death of TV nature host Steve Irwin.
The sign, created by a fan for last Wednesday's game against the Orioles, lists two items on a “Rays To Do List.” On the list are “World Series” and a crossed-out first item, "Steve Irwin." Back in 2006, Irwin was killed while filming a television special in Australia after a stingray became spooked and pierced his heart.
The sign's creator, Lloyd Johnson, believes otherwise — calling on those who found it offensive to stop taking things so seriously.
"The reaction, at least from what I heard at the stadium and on Facebook, was positive."
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