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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Maddon gets a new hoodie - from an unlikely donor
Posted Apr 28, 2010 by Tribune Sports
Updated Apr 28, 2010 at 06:40 PM
TONY FABRIZIO and ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG - If Rays manager Joe Maddon wants to wear a hooded sweatshirt in the Red Sox’ dugout, or anywhere else for that matter, that’s fine with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick - never one to go against the establishment himself, of course—sent Maddon a gray hooded Patriots sweatshirt Wednesday. In a typed note, Belichick said, “From one hoodie wearer to another, I thought I’d pass along my complete support with something to wear.”
You’ll recall that on the Rays’ last road trip, Maddon was told by Major League Baseball in Boston that he could no longer wear the Rays hoodie that he favors for cool weather games. He didn’t like the ruling and threatened to invite the help of Belichick, who often wears a hoodie on the sidelines while coaching.
Belichick ddin’t need to get involved, as it turned out. Maddon was informed in Chicago on the final leg of the road trip that the commissioner’s office had reconsidered the issue and the hoodie was fine.
Hoodie-gate, as Maddon called it, was over.
Maddon said Wednesday he appreciated the gesture from Belichick and will reciprocate. As for the Patroits hoodie, that’s going in a glass case for display in the office.