20-foot python visits Rays clubhouse
Tampa Bay’s latest addition is slow and methodical, but has
great length and presents all sorts of matchup problems for
Rays manager Joe Maddon had a 20-foot python brought to the
clubhouse before Thursday night’s game against Seattle.
”In doing our research, my personal research, 2013 happens to
be the year of the snake on the Chinese calendar,” Maddon said.
”I kind of like that thought. We needed a little bit of motivation
within the clubhouse. And then further more you find out that it’s
representative of risk taking and creative thinking. I thought it
fit in perfectly with what we’re trying to do around here.”
Maddon and closer Fernando Rodney were among those who picked up
the snake. Others stayed as far away as possible.
”It was more about the facial, the visual reaction that’s even
better than whether they say no,” Maddon said. ”Come hold that
snake, and you get that look like no way. That was kind of
Maddon also welcomed a pair of penguins, a magician and a disc
jockey to the clubhouse earlier this season.