Found April 23, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
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 clubhouse to keep the mood light and his team relaxed. Eccentric behavior is nothing new for Maddon, who brought a DJ into the Rays clubhouse on Saturday and a magician on Sunday. Today, he's brought in a bird. I wonder what's on tap for tomorrow. [Marc Topkin] [follow]

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...

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...

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 brings penguins into clubhouse to get players to ‘chill out’ (pics/vid)

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...

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.

State of the Rays: Good to be back home

To this point, the Tampa Bay Rays season has been a display in the ever-changing flow of a major league season, from the slump to a streak, from struggle to recovery then back to some degree of consistency. A 162-game campaign is so long, after all, that variety is the norm, the movement between poor to average to excellent a fluid and constant process. Consider the past six days...

Moore gets Rays franchise first

Matt Moore became the first Rays pitcher to win his first four starts of a season, Ryan Roberts homered twice and Tampa Bay beat CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 5-1 on Monday night. Moore (4-0) allowed one run, two hits, three walks and had nine strikeouts over eight innings. Roberts connected in the first and third to help the Rays take an early 5-0 lead. Sabathia (3-2) had...

It’s All About The Bens

I have had Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist, on my fantasy baseball team for the past 3 years. In general, I have not been disappointed. I am not sure how I end up with him each year, but it has turned out that way lately. As with every player, there has been times where he is not performing well. But he has helped my team so I cannot complain too much. I like Zobrist for his versatility...

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...

Sun Sports to Premiere Inside the Rays: Road Trip for Pets

(TAMPA, Fla.) On Monday, April 22, 2013, FOXs Sun Sports will premiere this seasons first episode of Inside the Rays, upon the conclusion of the Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees game. Hosted by Kelly Nash, this endearing episode asks the question, How do you move one English Bulldog and one Great Dane to Florida for baseball season? Inside the Rays: Road Trip for Pets follows...

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...

Rays' Matt Moore wins 4th straight start

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --Matt Moore became the first Rays pitcher to win his first four starts of a season, Ryan Roberts homered twice and Tampa Bay beat CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 5-1 on Monday night. Moore (4-0) allowed one run, two hits, three walks and had nine strikeouts over eight innings. Roberts connected in the first and third to help the Rays take an early...

Rays allow 2 runs in ninth, fall to Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night. Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price's starts this year. The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over eight-plus innings. Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price's night with...
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