Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Marlins apologize for Irwin tweet toward Rays

Marlins apologize for Irwin tweet toward Rays

The Miami Marlins got in a back-and-forth Twitter conversation with the Tampa Bay Rays following their series Sunday, and it eventually led to the Marlins' social team going all-out.

The MLB team, which is owned by Derek Jeter, fired off the offending tweet on its official account after the Rays' social media team teased the Marlins, who they swept in a two-game series. As the exchange went on, it finally ended with the Marlins account writing, "yOU'RE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF".

Irwin, an Australian television personality, died in 2006 after an incident involving a stingray.

An American professional baseball team has sparked widespread condemnation after dragging Steve Irwin's death into a social media beef with another team.

The mascot of the Tampa Bay Rays is the same animal that killed the Crocodile Hunter. "Unfortunately, in this medium, sometimes we swing and miss, and this was definitely a miss".

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"Yes I was sacked, but the person responsible for this tweet should be sitting right next to me and would be were I still there", Samson wrote on Twitter. "Inexcusable, even by Twitter standards".

"Hi, guys. Like everyone who grew up watching him, we miss Steve". They called it "regrettable" and said the issue was handled internally.

The Marlins then made light of the Tampa's announced intention to play some home games in Canada.

On Monday afternoon, the Marlins issued a statement in which they addressed the tweet that referenced Irwin's death.

Irwin was survived by his wife, Terri Raines Irwin, and two children, Bindi and Robert.

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