It’s hard being the Tampa Bay Rays. The team is currently a game and a half out of first place in Major League Baseball’s toughest division, but they play in a terrible stadium that nobody really goes to anyway. And now, they’ve got an Avril problem.
On Saturday (May 28), after the team took a late-game thumping from the Cleveland Indians, the crowd was treated to a concert by Ms. Lavigne as a part of their summer concert series, which also features the likes of Miranda Lambert, Miranda Cosgrove, Goo Goo Dolls and REO Speedwagon.
Apparently, there were some technical difficulties at the top of the show, which lead to Lavigne dropping the F-bomb and several other choice words on a live microphone in front of an all-ages crowd, some of whom were reportedly booing in response to the sound difficulties. You can check out the NSFW audio after the jump.
Of course, Lavigne’s music isn’t exactly squeaky-clean to begin with (her current single “Smile” opens with the line “You know that I’m a crazy b—-“; later she declares she’s “f—ing crazy rock and roll”), so the crowd shouldn’t have been entirely surprised that she slipped in a little sailor language to vent her frustration. She even apologized for it towards the end of her set, which you can see below.
Still, the team was embarrassed enough to issue a formal apology: “The Rays demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers, and we are extremely disappointed by the language used in last night’s show,” Rays spokesman Rick (Not “Wild Thing”) Vaughn said in a statement. “It is not consistent with the family-friendly atmosphere that Tropicana Field is known for.”
That last line is key, because for anybody who has been to Tropicana Field knows, it’s about the mildest place in the country to watch a baseball game. Had this incident occurred in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or St. Louis—all heavy baseball enclaves full of potty-mouthed denizens constantly inventing new curse words to express their frustration over Albert Pujols‘ inability to hit home runs—it wouldn’t be as big a deal.
Were you there? And do you expect a similar incident when the Wiggles play the venue next month? Let us know in the comments below.
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