Carl Crawford, Kelly Shoppach Enjoyed Joe Maddon’s Road Outfit Costumes, Loved Miami Vice Attire


Carl Crawford, Kelly Shoppach Enjoyed Joe Maddon's Road Outfit Costumes, Loved Miami Vice AttireWhen the Rays travel to Boston, they'll be in full-blown nerd mode.

Since taking over Tampa Bay in 2006, manager Joe Maddon has organized road trips with quirky themes. This time around, the Rays will pay homage to FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal by dressing up with bowties in nerd attire.

In recent years, the Rays have donned pajamas, cowboy clothing, hockey jerseys and golf garments. As an outfielder for Tampa –– during five years under Maddon's administration –– Carl Crawford got a kick out of the routine.

But of all the wacky costumes, one specifically stood out as a favorite in Crawford's mind.

"My favorite used to be all the white when we'd go to Miami [to play the Marlins]," Crawford said, laughing. "We'd have to go all white. It felt good wearing all that white going into Miami."

Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach, who spent the last two seasons with the Rays, agreed with Crawford's preference.

"Sometimes, they were a little goofy, but the one to Miami is always a good time –– all white," Shoppach said. "I think that's really slick, sometimes like Miami Vice. It was fun. They're all fun and for fun.”

The Red Sox will open up a three-game series at home against the Rays, starting on Friday.

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