Most ball clubs play music for players during batting practice. Even on the road, teams are typically given that courtesy.
But not in St. Petersburg — at least not when the Boston Red Sox came to town and Joe Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays.
Maddon, of course, left Tampa over the winter to manage the Chicago Cubs. In turn, the Rays signed former Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash to manage the club.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox were allowed to have music during BP at Tropicana Field, suggesting the rivalry between the two clubs has lessened. Cash was also seen chatting with members of the Red Sox pregame, something that, while not entirely unusual, Maddon might not have done.
NESN’s Jerry Remy predicted Tuesday that such a scenario could happen with Cash now managing the Tampa Bay Rays. Cash also played with several current members of the Sox.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham broke down the new unfamiliar territory in the video above.
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