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The tale of the remorseful mascot

Updated: 2013-04-05T05:06:58Z

Aren’t mascots usually mute?

On Thursday, Rays mascot Raymond issued an apology.

The Tampa Bay Tribune has the story:

The mascot was photographed during Wednesday's game against the Orioles holding a sign the team called inappropriate and others labeled insensitive: a “Rays to-do” list that had “1. Steve Irwin” crossed off, with a World Series berth next.

Irwin was an internationally famous Australian outdoorsman and wildlife expert who was killed in September 2006 when attacked by a stingray.

After the photo was posted on Twitter and picked up by the website Deadspin, it received considerable play across the Internet, and the team checked into the situation and determined that the sign was made by a fan and that the mascot's mistake was taking it and posing for photos, leading to the statement of apology.

From the team:

"Last night Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan. Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive. The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign was displayed in the ballpark, and we apologize for the lapse in judgment.”

Brett, Schmidt and Piscopo?

The Royals travel to Philadelphia today and will take on the Phillies in their home opener. Two of the greatest third basemen ever will throw out the first pitch: George Brett and Mike Schmidt.

Those two will be joined by former “Saturday Night Live” star Joe Piscopo in throwing out the ceremonial first pitches.

Wait, what?

Brett, Piscopo and Schmidt? Which one of these is not like the others.

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