Originally written 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]
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