Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. This homestand was a variety pack of emotion. There were strange clubhouse sights A cockatoo? Penguins? hot bats and a few heated words.Perhaps it was fitting that some equilibrium was restored in the past six days at Tropicana Field, capped by the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. After all, the Rays first road trip was a bump-a-minute ride that shook a young squad enough that manager Joe Maddon noticed his dugout needed to be energized less than a month into the season.He identified a problem. He reacted. Thats what quality managers do.The DJ, the magician, the cockatoo, the penguins yes, theyre different. Its debatable whether these things matter or if theyre no better than a superstitious fan choosing never to wash his or her favorite jersey, despite stain and tatter earned over time. The unusual guests made fine Twitter fodder and talking points. (Which pregame guest was your favorite? became a predictable media question...
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