Rick Vaughn, the Tampa Bay Rays vice president of communications, is a familiar name to people in the sports business here in the Washington area. He worked in the public relations office of the Baltimore Orioles for 10 years, the last five as public relations director, before leaving after the 1993 season to work for the Washington Redskins as public relations director for two years. He had also worked as the public relations spokesman for the Washington Federals in the United States Football League.
He went to Tampa Bay in 1996 to help start their public relations department. Over his career, Vaughn, considered to be among the best public relations directors in the business of sports over that time, has worked for a lot of losing teams, and the joke has been that he may have the worst won-loss record of any PR director in sports. No more, though, as the Rays, the American League champions, are now the toast of baseball, and Vaughn can enjoy a well-deserved championship season.
He was a well-known local athlete here from Alexandria, named as one of the 100 greatest athletes at T.C. Williams High School, and threw the first no-hitter in George Mason University baseball history.
Fans on the field
You didn’t see it on television, but there were two fans that ran onto FedEx Field during Sunday’s Redskins-Browns games, and one of them was brought down by Antwaan Randle El and Santana Moss.
It reminded me of a conversation I had with security guards at Nationals Park at the end of the baseball season. We couldn’t remember any fan running on the field during at Nationals game at the new ballpark. And I can’t ever remember seeing anyone run on the field during a Nationals game at RFK Stadium, either. The Nationals should at least get some sort of banner for the most behaved fans.
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