A Joe Maddon 'Thanksmas'
Just before 4 p.m. Thursday, Joe Maddon searched the kitchen at the Salvation Army for something to stir his still-too-thick, not-yet-hot-enough tub of spaghetti sauce. Someone handed him a small plastic ladle. Not strong enough, he said. He laid his eyes on a metal paddle bigger than a baseball bat, reached for it with two arms, and sunk it into his sauce. "Yeah."
In his trademark thick-rimmed glasses, a Santa hat and an apron splattered with the past three days' worth of sauce, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays began to stir. So started Night Four of Maddon's fourth-annual Thanksmas dinner. He'd serve 200 people tonight, bringing his career total to almost 3,000.