In a league that is constantly undermined by steroids and greed, it’s fantastic when a story breaks about a MLB team doing creative things in the clubhouse that don’t involve syringes.
Just in case you were unaware, the Tampa Bay Rays do things a little differently and ever since the franchise dropped the “Devil” from their nickname in 2008 the direction of the club has gone north while the predictability has plummeted south. Rays skipper Joe Maddon is a peculiar character to begin with, but the things he has his team doing before games is nothing short of hilarious. For instance, the Rays have themed road trips where they dress up as anything from fictional cartoon characters to old timers preparing for bed with a once mandated pajama wardrobe.
With all of the attendance issues in Tampa it’s no wonder that these gimmicks exist — the Rays continue to excel under there erratic clubhouse mantra with a 605-557 record since Maddon took the helm.
Tuesday night’s pregame for the Rays was unusual as usual with Maddon bringing in a Merengue band to sing and dance for the club prior to taking on the Boston Red Sox. Crazily enough, this isn’t even the whackiest thing that Maddon has done prior to ballgames considering there was a live penguin in the locker room earlier this season.
At times it may look like Maddon is a circus conductor, however if the Rays keep winning with one of the lowest payrolls in the league then Maddon’s whacky ways could land him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.