Hours before the Rays and Yankees took the field, there was a surreal atmosphere behind the scenes Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
It was the latest pregame twist ordered up by manager
“You always hear about The Ray Way and the rules or non-rules that Joe has,” Rays DH
While his foray into Animal Kingdom continued, Maddon strolled around the room with one of the 10,000 gnomes in his likeness that were distributed to early-arriving fans at Wednesday’s game.
“It’s a great replica,” Maddon said. “I think it looks exactly like me and I’m very humbled that someone in the Rays organization would choose to make me into a gnome. … It’s very flattering.”
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Rays OF
“I’m not surprised at penguins,” Zobrist said. “I’m not surprised at anything, anymore.”
Difference of opinion Maddon said he was unaware that Rays LHP
Price was lifted after yielding a leadoff single to
“I didn’t know about that,” Maddon said of Price’s abbreviated stint with a media horde surrounding his locker. “He probably was frustrated at that particular moment.”
Price, who won 20 games in 2012, is winless in five starts.
“David’s going to get really hot and carry us for a while,” Maddon said. “He’s really good, he’s very humble, he works very hard and he cares. I’m very understanding that there’s going to be hills and valleys through a baseball season.”
Keep it simple As the Rays prepare for their second long road trip of the month, tonight’s starter,
Hellickson combined with two relievers on a three-hitter in a 1-0 win, and right-handed hitters are batting only .111 against him as he heads to U.S. Cellular Field to face the struggling White Sox.
“Jeremy simplified things,” Maddon said of the 26-year-old right-hander. “What he’s doing now is what he does well — throwing fastballs for strikes down in the zone.
“He adds one of the best change-ups in the league and then here comes the curveball. More than anything, he’s throwing his fastball for a strike.’’