So, the Tampa Bay Rays, a trendy pick by many to win the AL East this season, have struggled through their first month. They came into Wednesday with a record of 9-11, good for fourth place in the division, and manager Joe Maddon thought the team needed to relax a bit.
To “chill” out the vibe in the clubhouse — his words, not ours — Maddon brought in a pair of penguins for the players to hang out with prior to their game against the Yankees.
This may have been a bigger deal in pretty much any other locker room in America, but with Maddon, who was being honored with a collectible gnome giveaway at Tropicana Field the same night, nothing comes as a surprise.
Check out more from Cliff and Shelly’s visit to Tampa below.
The best "Penguins in MLB Clubhouse" footage you will ever see: vine.co/v/bPpzqjUTpEV—
Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 24, 2013
Just want our guys to chill. Thanks to the Florida Aquarium for loaning us Cliff (seated) and Shelly. http://t.co/N9yL3cwfLc—
Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 24, 2013
Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 24, 2013