We Will Miss You Barrie!
I was just informed that the Rays lost a very special member of
the Tampa Bay Rays staff. Barrie Lee Jones was the Community Relations
Representative for the team, and I do not know of anyone else who could
have done that job with so much gusto and joy. I can tell you for
several years when I was delivering product to the second floor sales
area it was always a pleasure to get a wave and a smile from Barrie. He
is also one of the Rays long time staff members who got to go down on
the field after the game in which the Rays secured a playoff berth.
Jones could be seen down on the field behind home plate with other
members of the Rays second floor sales staff celebrating with the team.
Jones had been recovering from a stroke he had suffered about three
weeks ago. Barrie passed away yesterday after complications from that
event. Jones will always be remembered as the guy who passion for the
sport and this team transcended everything but his family. My thoughts
and prayers go out to his lovely wife at this time.
But, I can not think of a better person to represent the Rays in the
community than Barrie. He always had a smile and time to talk about the
team and their success in 2008. I will miss seeing him come through the
Bullpen Cafe area this season. He has been one of the visual people in
the Rays front office to me for a long time. I am so glad that he got
to share the joy and the excitement of the team’s first run at the
playoffs in 2008. He got to celebrate and live in the moment of one of
the greatest turnarounds in MLB history.
It has been asked that in lieu of flower a donation be made in his name
to the American Stroke Association and the Rays Baseball foundation.
My condolences go out to the front office staff of the Tampa Bay Rays
and I want to express my deep sadness about the loss of such a devoted
fan and friend. Please keep Barrie Jones in your thoughts and prayers