Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Hey, skip ... er coach
Posted Aug 21, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 21, 2011 at 10:06 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Joe Maddon channeled his inner football coach after Sunday’s win by slipping into the Bucs helmet he keeps in his office.
Maddon referred to the Mariners, who the Rays just beat 8-7, as the Seahawks.
He called Monday’s opponent the Lions and not the Tigers.
Maddon even held the lineup card in front of his face when answering questions, a move made popular by ex-Bucs coach Jon Gruden, so the opposing team couldn’t read his lips and steal his plays.
Maddon was just tipping his cap – helmet? – to Bucs coach and his BFF Raheem Morris.
Morris has been wearing a Rays cap during his televised press conferences.
Maddon was just returning the love.
Hey, it’s all fun and games when you’ve won five in a row and 10 of your last 12.