Are the Chicago Cubs totally clueless or too clever for their own good? These are the two possibilities we’re presented with in the wake of the great Devil Rays flag controversy of 2014.
It all started when the Cubs flew a flag outside Wrigley Field for this weekend’s opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays. Even though the Rays have not been the Devil Rays in many years, the flag said “Devil Rays.”
This was immediately noticed by someone at the Rays’ Twitter account and they posted a burn:
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 8, 2014
See what the Rays Twitter guy did there? “Orphans” was a nickname for the Cubs before they became the Cubs.
Ah, but it turns out the Cubs have enough of an excuse to almost slither off the hook here. This weekend at Wrigley the Rays and Cubs are wearing ’80s throwback uniforms in conjunction with the Cubs’ turn-back-the-clock promotion. The Rays didn’t exist in the ’80, so they’re wearing “fauxbacks,” but the idea is the same.
Long story short, the Cubs say they put up the Devil Rays flag in keeping with the general throwback spirit. It was not meant as a diss.
Sure. And of course, Rays people who are sensitive about folks still getting their nickname wrong after all these years are totally fine with this little flag thing. Wow, get over yourselves Rays. It’s just a flag.