Catching some Rays at Tropicana Field


This was Joran's first trip to a big league park.    


Eric feels the heat.

Postcript: Upon leaving, Joran and I got lost within the bowels of the clubhouse and nearly walked in on New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez taking indoor batting practce. We then got off the elevator on the wrong floor, found a room of free food and drink. Nice.

Earlier today, Eric Snider, Joran Oppelt and I trekked to Tropicana Field, home of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, to pay a special visit to their manager, Joe Maddon, baseball genius and fine-wine connoisseur. We can't reveal yet the purpose for our visit, but I did capture some images.

As I suspected, the fake grass does look just like the Brady Bunch grass up close.

Joe was extremely gracious and very cool to let us bother him during the middle of a pennant race.

Maybe we were good luck. The Rays bitchslapped the Yankees shortly thereafter.

Scroll to read more Sports & Recreation articles


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.