Maddon says head-shaving event a "win-win"
UPDATE, 1:14: Lecavalier tells our Damian Cristodero he can't make it to Port Charlotte on Thursday due to scheduling (he is rehabbing his fractured his right hand), but said: "To bring in the Rays and everybody in the community, it's just a great feeling.''
BREAKING: The list of Rays planning to join manager Joe Maddon in having their heads shaved on Thursday to benefit pediatric cancer has now grown beyond 25, with C Jose Molina the latest to sign up. Maddon said several other players who aren't on the list are expected to join in.
Also, Maddon said they are finalizing details to have some "fan involvement" during the event that starts at 11:30 a.m. on the Charlotte Sports Park boardwalk.
Maddon said the idea originated with Lightning forward Vinny Lecavalier, who is involved with the cause and contacted Maddon's agent. Maddon issued a public invitation for Lecavalier, who is currently sidelined with injury, to join the Rays on Thursday in Port Charlotte.
"Obviously when Joe accepted it was huge for the cause,'' Lecavalier said. "It's really great.''
Maddon has made plenty of jokes about how bad he'll look with a buzz cut, but feels very good that so many players have agreed to take part.
"I think it's great getting everybody on board -- it's a win-win for everybody,'' he said. "Of course, the kids and their families. And then us as a group, I like the fact that our guys not only just do it, but understand why they're doing it, the importance of doing it, and what it means. The eventual residual effect is it can be a galvanizing effect with us as a group. It's just wins all over the place.''
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