Tampa Bay Rays fail to show patriotism, avoid National Anthem

September 13, 2013 

I attended the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox game Tuesday night and was very disappointed in the Rays' lack of patriotism shown during the singing of our National Anthem. During the singing, the entire Red Sox team was on the top step of the dugout, all showing proper respect with cap removed and heart covered. At least 25 strong.

The Rays were nowhere to be found. A few on the field paid respects, but the majority of the players were in the clubhouse. One person was in the dugout paying respect but it looked like the bat boy.

The visual contrast with the Red Sox was terrible.

I thought this display, or lack thereof, showed disrespect for our anthem and our country. Not a good example for their fans.

George Johnston

Bradenton

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