(above : Little’s chosen shirt for Casual Fridays)
Palmetto, FL attorney Melton H. Little wore a “Yankees Suck” tee to a Yanks/Rays game at Tropicana Field. “”I have a bunch of Rays shirts, but they all were in the laundry,” Little tells the Tampa Tribune’s Keith Morelli, perhaps revealing himself to be the worst-dressed attorney this side of Saul Goodman.
In the fourth inning a security guard came down the aisle and approached Little.
“The security guard says Major League Baseball has determined that the shirt constitutes profanity,” Little said. “He tells me to get another shirt, cover it up, turn it inside out or leave the stadium.
“I said, ‘That’s unbelievable,’ and he says, ‘I don’t’ make rules, I’m just telling you.’ ”
The lawyer said there was no way he was going to stand up, take the shirt off and turn it inside out in front of all those ready-to-taunt Yankee fans. How embarrassing, he said.
“They would have said something and I’m not a shrinking violet,” he said. “I would have said something back.”
Little and his two sons, 8 and 19, instead accompanied the security guard to the offices to appeal the decision. But he got no relief there. He said a front-office Rays employee just shut the door on him.
As he walked out of the stadium, the Rays rallied to take the lead in a game they eventually won 6-5. That’s when the crowd began to chant, “Yankees suck,” he said. “I wonder if any of them were asked to leave.”