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Score it a wild pitch for Schiano

Control is what Bucs coach Greg Schiano has always been known for. From the thermostat in meetings rooms to the messages on the scoreboard, he keeps a tight grip on things.

But he can be a little wild on the mound.

Schiano threw out the first pitch in Friday night’s Rays-Orioles game at Tropicana Field. Rays manager Joe Maddon did the honors of squatting behind home plate to receive the offering.

But Schiano, who stood just outside the grass cutout on the mound, sailed the pitch well over Maddon’s head and nearly struck the backstop in mid-air.

Nuke Laloosh would’ve been proud.

“I should’ve gotten up on the mound I guess, huh?’ Schiano said smiling. “Too much strength. I’ve got to get out of the weight room. “I said, “Coach, you’ve got to get out of your crouch.’’

Prior to Friday, Schiano had never personally met Maddon, although they had spoken on the phone.

“Good guy. Baseball. What a different world. One-hundred sixty-two games, I can’t imagine.’’

Maddon said he enjoys the camaraderie of the Tampa Bay professional sports teams. 

"I love it, I abssolutely love it,’’ Maddon said. “We do and we feel it coming back from the other teams as well. It's as it should be. When you get that good vibe going throughout the community in regards for all professional sports, then everybody has a chance to benefit.’’


[Last modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 7:36pm]


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