Found April 20, 2013 on Los That Sports Blog:
Tweet   There always seems to be something interesting in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse, like an Over the Hill sign. Or custom football-style batting gloves. Maybe even a DJ playing music.   Reason No. 761 why @raysjoemaddon is awesome–he brought a DJ to Rays clubhouse to loosen things up. Yes, seriously: twitter.com/RaysBaseball/s… — Tampa [...]
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