The Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins wrapped up a two-game weekend series on Sunday at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay club routed the Marlins on both meetings and swept the last-placed club from the NL East. The Rays won 8-6 on Saturday and 7-2 on Sunday.
The Rays are currently second in the AL East behind the surging New York Yankees. And while Tampa Bay is definitely enjoying sweet victory over the Marlins as far as business pertaining to all things within the ballpark, the Marlins certainly tried to get the best of the Tampa Bay team off the field.
Miami's social media team certainly made an effort to shake things up online while the ball club was trailing behind the Rays in Tampa Bay.
It all started toward the end of Sunday's match in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brian Anderson fired a cannon of a throw to Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. The 227-foot pass traveled 97 mph and ended up handing the Rays their third out of the inning.
It was one heck of a play and the Miami Marlins' social team rightfully clipped the video and posted it to their twitter page.
HE'S THE MAN YOUR THIRD BASE COACH WARNED YOU ABOUT. #JuntosMiami https://t.co/2oqQBINs2s— Miami Marlins (@Miami Marlins) 1564884460.0
The Rays Twitter page decide to respond and well that's when things really kicked into gear.
@Marlins show the final out— Tampa Bay Rays (@Tampa Bay Rays) 1564884532.0
This is the point of the story where the narrator would have said, "this is when he knew he messed up."
Here is the twitter feud that ensued:
@RaysBaseball can't hear u. must be the maple leafs crunching— Miami Marlins (@Miami Marlins) 1564884627.0
Tampa replied right back with a right hook:
@Marlins here's the broom we just used on you, so you can clean them up. 🧹— Tampa Bay Rays (@Tampa Bay Rays) 1564949759.0
At this point, the Marlins replied with one doozy of a tweet.
@RaysBaseball yOU'RE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF— Miami Marlins (@Miami Marlins) 1564949864.0
This response caused a variety of reactions but the most prevalent feeling was that this joke perhaps crossed the line.
@Marlins @RaysBaseball This is in bad taste and should be deleted.— Billy Chapel (@Billy Chapel) 1564949942.0
However, some Marlins fans were all for it and just interpreted the tweet as a joke.
@Marlins @RaysBaseball Hey @Marlins please don’t fire your social media guy this is the type of content we all coll… https://t.co/YC1UezvhKl— #OffSZNFanAcct (@#OffSZNFanAcct) 1564954875.0
On Monday however, the Marlins finally came out and apologized to anyone who may have been offended by the tweet.
Hi, guys. Like everyone who grew up watching him, we miss Steve. We’re so sorry to have made light of his passing.— Miami Marlins (@Miami Marlins) 1565023821.0
The Miami Marlins have returned back home and are set to begin a four-game series against the New York Mets between Monday and Wednesday.