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Rays fans vs. the umps

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August

Still steaming over the ump's call in Sunday's Rays game at Chicago? Short of stranding that misguided official on the roof of Tropicana Field during a hot August night, there's probably no appropriate justice coming for bay area baseball fanatics.

"As much as the Rays might feel obstructed by the controversial call involving A.J. Pierzynski in Sunday's loss to Chicago, there isn't much they can do about it," writes Rays beat writer Marc Topkin.

But tampabay.com readers suggest otherwise:

Mike
says: "Kinda makes you want to take raw eggs to the next home game for the umps."

We can't condone throwing objects at the umps -- that's a sure way to find yourself booted from Trop -- but here are some other ways fans can send a message.

PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAYS: Glasses for the umps (maybe some of those leftover Joe Maddon ones from last year?), coupons for eye exams at the neighborhood optometrist, jars of baby food with Pierzynski's mugshot on the label.

PRE-GAME MUSIC: Three Blind Mice, Collide, Walk Away, Nobody Loves the Ump (remember that classic I Love Lucy episode where they sing this with Bob Hope?)

FAN SIGNS:

An eye chart that spells out Pierzynski (Big P, smaller IER, even smaller ZYNSKI)
Free Willy from Surreal World!
Where's the Geico Lizard? We need collision insurance!

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:43pm]

    

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