Joe Maddon makes his return to Tropicana Area —
It was six o’clock on Tuesday night time when former Rays supervisor Joe Maddon walked up the opposing dugout steps and on to the turf of Tropicana Area for the primary time since he left the Rays to take over because the skipper of the Chcago Cubs.
Maddon and his Cubs have been on the town for a fast two recreation collection and the minute he stepped on to the sector, you might really feel all of the love from Rays and Cubs followers alike raining down from the stands.
“Hey Joe” “Welcome residence” got here the shouts from the stands which have been beggining to refill.
“I’ve been wanting ahead to this recreation ever since I noticed it on the schedule” the sixty three yr previous skipper informed the media earlier than the sport. Maddon went on to say, “It is good to work a recreation within the constructing the place just about this group gave you your alternative to turn into a serious league supervisor”
Maddon made point out to many nice moments in his 9 years because the Rays supervisor, the whole lot from the ultimate out of the 2008 ALCS towards the Pink Sox that despatched the underdog Rays to the groups first World Collection to being a part of a workforce led by former Rays Basic Supervisor Andrew Friedman that was liable for altering the baseball tradition in St. Pete.
Maddon spoke with the Tampa Bay media for twenty 5 minutes earlier than the sport and was very candid on most of the subjects that have been mentioned together with the place the staff ought to transfer too.
“It is obtained to be throughout the pond man, Maddon stated, I feel downtown Tampa”
Maddon and his spouse Jaye usually are not solely residents of Tampa however enterprise house owners as nicely.
Maddon stated “To ensure that this group to get to the place it actually needs on an annual foundation, you want a greater constructing in a greater spot”.
Maddon joked that these are feedback he clearly couldn’t have made when he was the supervisor of group however was very greatful and complimetary of the place the group goes within the publish Maddon space, saying “They’ve extra then sufficient items to achieve success right here” and “I actually like this roster”