Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Boston Herald: Red Sox Dispatch Security Here After Threat
Posted Jun 30, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jun 30, 2008 at 01:48 PM
According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Horrigan, the Red Sox and Major League Baseball have dispatched security teams to St. Petersburg for the next three days due to a recent threat made against the club’s black and Latin players.
Horrigan writes that the Red Sox recently received a mailed threat, believed to be postmarked in Memphis, Tenn., which cited at least two players by name. The named players have been informed about the threats.
“The Sox are sending at least two of their top security officials, while another security team is due from MLB’s office in New York. The FBI and police departments in St. Petersburg, Boston, Memphis and Baltimore have been apprised of the threats. According to a source, law-enforcement authorities have been looking for a suspect believed to be from Baltimore but living in the Memphis area.”
The threat, Horrigan writes, is not believed to be related to the recent tensions between the Sox and Rays, who open a three game series tonight and play for the first time since their brawl at Fenway Park on June 5.