ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Suddenly, to Joe Maddon, a baseball result turned more than small. In an instant, his day changed, thoughts turned deep, and travel out of Boston became a time to place life in perspective.
Maddon stood near the home dugout Friday at Tropicana Field, four days after he and the Tampa Bay Rays were at Fenway Park the afternoon three people were killed and more than 170 injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. He was asked about the experience before a game against the Oakland Athletics, the first appearance at his home stadium since returning from a scheduled 10-game, 11-day road trip that included a stop in Boston on that sad day.
Monday was supposed to be about celebration, a time for Patriots Day and Jackie Robinson Day, for fun and families and honoring a proud citys heritage. Instead, Maddon and the Rays were witnesses to shock for a proud people, shock for a nation.
We had lost a tough game on that day it was 3-2, I believe, Maddon said. Im going to the ai...