ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A DJ and a magician, a cockatoo and penguins now a Latin band plus plantains.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays keep surprising. Stop by Tropicana Fields home clubhouse on any given day, and you never know what youll find. The DJ, magician and feathered friends from the animal kingdom appeared during a six-game homestand in late April. Turns out those were just the start.
On Tuesday, before the Rays began a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, a four-member Latin dance band entertained players with merengue music, a genre with roots in the Dominican Republic. In addition, nine groups of three plantains each inspired by closer Fernando Rodney were strung together and hung above a number of Latin players stalls.
You dont see it every day, Rodney said, but its nice.
Rays manager Joe Maddon devised the idea after Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Sunday, a victory that extended the Rays winning streak to a season-high five g...