Rays Manager Joe Maddon Puts Gong in Tropicana Field, Functionality and Use Still Unclear

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SS GongWhen the Tampa Bay Rays take the field at home, the loudspeakers blare the rock classic “Bang a Gong (Get it On)” by T-Rex.

Rays general manager Joe Maddon recently heard the song and liked it so much that he wanted it to represent his team at Tropicana Field.

Then he took it a step further. Maddon had a gong installed within the ballpark, and had the team hire someone to bang it. The banger (?) dresses in a costume that combines Greek, Roman and Scottish traditions — which includes a plaid kilt, metal armor and leather gladiator boots.

Between the gong and the live stingrays swimming in a tank in center field, Tropicana Field has pretty good live entertainment.

Uses for the gong remain unclear, however, but the possibilities are endless.

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