Found April 25, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
PLAYERS: Joe Maddon
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
And the bizarre hits keep on coming related to and from Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. Wednesday was “Joe Maddon Garden Gnome” giveaway night at Tropicana Field and perhaps in honor of the event — although it’s hard to figure out exactly how what Maddon did paid homage to him being depicted as a garden gnome — the Rays skipper invited some adorable penguins into the clubhouse. This was done apparently for the players benefit, as Maddon is quoted as follows in explaining his motivation: “I wanted players to chill out a little bit. Get it?” Oh, it’s gotten, Mr. Maddon. Via @RaysBaseball: Today’s VIP guests are…penguins! Maddon: “I wanted the players to chill out a little bit. …get it?”… — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 24, 2013 And some video of the little buggers parading around the clubhouse: The best “Penguins in MLB Clubhouse” footage you will ever see: — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 24, 2013 This stunt is

Joe Maddon lets penguin sit in clubhouse chair (Photo)

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon recently allowed a live penguin to sit in his clubhouse chair. Unfortunately, we don't have any additional context about the photo, and there are too many questions that remain unanswered. Photo via @HallerDave. H/T Sports Grid. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.

Joe Maddon Brings in Penguins to ‘Chill’ Rays Clubhouse Out (Video)

So, the Tampa Bay Rays, a trendy pick by many to win the AL East this season, have struggled through their first month. They came into Wednesday with a record of 9-11, good for fourth place in the division, and manager Joe Maddon thought the team needed to relax a bit. To “chill” out the vibe in the clubhouse — his words, not ours — Maddon brought in a pair of penguins for...

Behold, the Joe Maddon Garden Gnome

On Wednesday at Tropicana Field, the first 10.000 fans through the gates for the team’s game against the New York Yankees all will be the lucky recipients of a garden gnome figurine in the likeness of Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. The Joe Maddon Garden Gnome joins the nightmare fuel that was ZimBear (a disturbing half-man, half-teddy bear figurine of team senior adviser Don...

Penguins invade Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse

Everybody already knows Joe Maddon runs the loosest clubhouse in the major leagues but now everyone will probably find out it's the coolest too. How cool? On Wednesday, it was chill enough for a couple of penguins to waddle around the Tampa Bay Rays locker room  — and none of them was named Ron Cey.  The manager even let one of the flightless birds take his manager's...

Penguins the latest special guests in Rays clubhouse

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The final act: Penguins.A Tampa Bay Rays homestand that has included the offbeat and different, from a DJ to a magician to a cockatoo, had a visit from two penguins Wednesday. Before the Rays played the New York Yankees, which closed a six-game stop at home, two penguins from The Florida Aquarium in Tampa appeared in the home clubhouse. The animals, named Cliff...

Penguins Visit the Tampa Bay Rays

Penguins visited the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse today, reinforcing the fact that Joe Maddon is a progressive thinker. FWIW, I wouldn't leave Kyle Farnsworth alone with one of those things. Go Rays!I checked with Elias. Cliff is the first penguin ever to sit in the chair of a @mlb manager. #MaddonsMenagerie…— Dave Haller (@HallerDave) April 24, 2013

Joe Maddon brought cockatoo to clubhouse

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has a new friend. Her name is Mindy, an umbrella cockatoo. Maddon has been pushing all of the right buttons with the Rays lately, as they've won four straight. Including in that winning streak is a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, who came to Tropicana Field with a 12-4 record. Maddon brought the cockatoo and her trainer into into the...

Rays find themselves during uncommon homestand

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. This homestand was a variety pack of emotion. There were strange clubhouse sights A cockatoo? Penguins? hot bats and a few heated words.Perhaps it was fitting that some equilibrium was restored in the past six days at Tropicana Field, capped by the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. After all, the Rays first road trip was a...

Winging it: Rays welcome cockatoo into clubhouse

The Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse keeps churning out surprises this homestand. Already, there were tunes and tricks. Now, add an exotic bird into the mix. First, a DJ rocked beats. Then a musician put on a show. Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon welcomed an umbrella cockatoo. Yes, the manager has been eccentric in finding ways to keep the Rays loose during a six-game homestand that began...

Cobb has strong start as Rays beat Yankees 3-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb scattered three hits over 8 1-3 innings, Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Wednesday night. Cobb (3-1) gave up only two hits through the eighth -- Eduardo Nunez's second-inning single and an infield single by Jayson Nix in the sixth. The right-hander, who struck out seven and walked one...

Sale combines on 5-hitter, WSox top Rays, 5-2

Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson settled down after a rough first inning, but the Rays couldn't bounce back from the early deficit and the Chicago White Sox claimed a 5-2 victory on Thursday night. Taking the mound with a 1-0 lead, Hellickson (1-2) gave up three runs in the first inning. Alejandro De Aza doubled leading off and scored on Jeff Keppinger's double...

Series Recap: Rays take two of three from the Yankees

The New York Yankees ranked second in the American League averaging nearly 5.2 runs per game. In three games against the Rays, they scored five total. Rays’ Ryan Roberts hit two home runs off Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia in game one of the series. Matt Moore pitched eight innings, holding New York to one run off two hits with nine strikeouts. They lead the Rays to a 5-1 win...

April 25: White Sox 5, Rays 2

What's this? A win I'm not going to complain about? That's right ... brace yourselves. The White Sox overcame 2011 AL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night, defeating them 5-2 behind ace Chris Sale and, well, enough offense. The story of the night deserves to be Sale, as despite not looking anywhere near his best, tossed...

Swimming with the Tampa Bay Rays

Morning Gang, Time to welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for a four game series. Chris Sale is opening the pitching with tentatively, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and Dylan Axelrod to take the starting pitcher duties. The all-star ballot is now out. Grab a coffee and will see you at the bottom of the first. First Inning - Alejandro...
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