Tampa Bay Rays err with ballcap stating 'Grassy Knoll'

August 31, 2013 

I'm a Tampa Bay Rays fan and I like to peruse their online catalog. In the latest catalog there is a baseball cap called "Tampa Bay Rays Grassy Knoll."

"Grassy Knoll"? Really?

I thought how stupid can they be. As far as I know, there is only one Grassy Knoll and it is the name of a place in our history that I have never seen used for the purpose of making a profit.

Of course, if you were not alive and walking around 50 years ago when President Kennedy was assassinated, you may not know of places such as Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll.

Nonetheless, "Grassy Knoll" is a well-documented phrase created by a reporter on the scene in 1963 to describe a place where some witnesses swear they heard gunfire. They were the reporter's words. There was no sign that said Grassy Knoll.

So why is there a baseball cap called Grassy Knoll? I hope that this is an honest yet misguided effort by someone who didn't understand the impact that the assassination had on the country.

At worst, it is sleazy commercialism.

Regardless of the intent, I think someone in the Rays organization should realize this is a mistake. No one should be proud to wear this representation of the team colors.

Jeff Reuter


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