Fox baseball pregame host Jeanne Zelasko has a message for Rays fans: She's sorry. After often referring to the team as the "Tampa Rays" this season, Zelasko responded to criticism in several Times columns and e-mails she personally received over the weekend from Rays fans.
On Monday, Zelasko sent the following e-mail to Times staff writer Tom Jones to pass along to the Rays fans:
Dear Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays!
Congrats on your historic weekend!! Apparently, you haven't just gained entrance to the post season … you've gained a voice. In the spirit of your brilliant manager, Joe Maddon, you're mad, and you're not going to take it anymore. You are the Tampa Bay Rays. Plain and simple. Don't drop the Bay, stupid! And if you're going to mention the ballpark — get the address correct!
While it is the job of the national media to keep current on your team through broadcasts and phone calls … the voice of the fan must never be overlooked! And, now you have that voice. We hear you loud and clear.
SO, SORRY TAMPA BAY AND ST. PETERSBURG.
Your team earned respect on the field. You the fan have earned my respect by speaking out and making your voice heard!
GOOD LUCK IN THE POST SEASON!
Jeanne Zelasko, Fox Sports