Former Tampa man killed after Rays game in Texas

Published Aug. 14, 2014

A former Tampa man was hit by a car and killed as he crossed a freeway in Arlington, Texas, after he attended a Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers game.

Jay Wolf, 24, who graduated from Plant High School but was living in Austin, posted to his Facebook just before the game. "Couldn't be more excited to see my Rays play the Rangers tomorrow night. Gonna be a great first trip to the Ballpark at Arlington."

He drove more than three hours north to the game after work. He posted a picture of his seats behind home plate.

Just after midnight, Wolf crossed Tom Landry Freeway near the field. Authorities don't know why. A car hit him and Wolf was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"It's just an awful tragedy," said Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. "We just want to send out our sincere condolences. My goodness, it's got to be awful. Being a parent and a grandparent, it's just a really tough day. So our thoughts and prayers (go) back to the group in Tampa, the Wolf family. It's just an awful moment."