Getting a baseball player to autograph a baseball or T-shirt has always been among the most common sights at a game.
Getting a baseball player to respond to a tweeted invitation to come out of the clubhouse and play a little game of pre-game catch in the parking lot? That's taking it a step further.
But that's what Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Elliot Johnson did on Wednesday afternoon outside Tropicana Field.
Johnson, according to a report on thebiglead.com, was inside the Rays clubhouse prior to his teams critical third game against the Boston Red Sox.
The stakes couldnt have been higher for Tampa Bay, which lost its first two contests against the Sox and watched its dwindling postseason hopes continue to shrink.
But the Rays and manager Joe Maddon are renowned for keeping the atmosphere loose in times of trouble.
In fact, Maddon instructed the players to come to the park on the later side, around 6 p.m., and forgo the usual pre-game routines.
You could say that Johnson,...