Following Tampa Bay's 7-2 victory on Sunday, the two sides engaged in some friendly banter on social media:
However, the conversation took a turn when Miami brought up the death of Steve Irwin, aka "The Crocodile Hunter":
Irwin died at the age of 44 in September 2006 after being stabbed "hundreds of times" by a stingray.
Former Marlins president David Samson was among those who called out the tweet as inappropriate:
The team responded by apologizing, saying that it was "a miss" in terms of in attempt at humor:
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JUST IN: Marlins statement. “This was a regrettable exchange by our otherwise creative social media team. Unfortunately, in this medium, sometimes we swing and miss, and this was definitely a miss.” Spokesman says “the matter has been addressed internally.” https://t.co/W5mKgyUonI
Miami fell to 42-67 with the two-game sweep, falling to 22 games back in the National League East. The Marlins lost all four games to their in-state rival in 2019, also being swept in a two-game set back in May.