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Longtime fan Dick Vitale sounds off on Rays’ latest roster moves

The popular basketball announcer is the team's most prominent fan. ... And he is not happy.
Dick Vitale. accompanied by his grandkids, threw out a first pitch during the 2008 postseason. [Times files 2008}
Dick Vitale. accompanied by his grandkids, threw out a first pitch during the 2008 postseason. [Times files 2008}
Published Feb. 20, 2018

Longtime and extremely popular ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale is arguably the Rays' most prominent fan.

The Lakewood Ranch resident has season tickets adjacent to the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field and is often seen at Rays games.

As when doing hoops games on TV, Vitale is candid in what he says and posts on Twitter. And he has made clear this week that he is not happy with the Rays' recent moves.

Among his posts:

And some from December after the Rays traded franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria:

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