Maddon shows support for Lightning
Rays manager Joe Maddon is doing what he can to support the Lightning, sporting his Lightning cap before Tuesday's game, taping a video message that will be shown Wednesday night on the St. Pete Times Forum scoreboard and raving about coach Guy Boucher.
"We're all big Lightning fans down there,'' Maddon said, after chiding a Detroit radio reporter about the Red Wings. "What they've done is phenomenal, remarkable. ... Furthermore, let's go be beat Boston. There's nothing more fun for anybody from Tampa Bay than it is to beat Boston. So they have that opportunity to take it back from 3-2 right now and do it. They definitely have that within their capabilities. It's very exciting.''
Depending on what time the Rays get home after Wednesday's afternoon game in Detroit, Maddon is hoping to make it to the Forum for the game.
He has experience, of course, with that beating Boston thing, as the Rays eliminated the Red Sox on their way to the 2008 World Series. "It's kinda nice,'' Maddon said."Especially in a playoff moment.''