Players cautioned of potential protest
UPDATE, 12:12: Maddon said after being briefed a couple days ago by the Secret Service he was comfortable with the situation. "They've discussed the potential with us - the protestors, a little practice run prior to the actual event. I guess you have to respect their preparedness. I'm not concerned, according to the people that we've spoken with everything is being prepared for and they are ready for any kind of potential demonstration. ... We had a meeting the other day with a fellow from Secret Service and he informed of us what they were doing in preparing for this day and for the event in general, and also the potential concern for an attempted demonstration on the field during the course of the game. They are definitely aware that it may occur and everybody will be in the right positions. Until you brought it up to me I'd forgetten all about it and I'd like to believe that all our players did the same thing.''
Maddon said the players were told to come to the dugout if a large group of protestors come on the field. "Obviously if it's more than one person than you would just come off the field. If it's the typical attempt, like to streak across the field, then they'd send out their best defensive back and just tackle them.''
UPDATE, 11:59: Rays manager Joe Maddon said they were briefed by the Secret Service about the possibility of the protest, and he was not too concerned, and felt the proper steps have been taken. If there are protesters on the field, A's OF/DH Jonny Gomes said he would take action to help clear them off: "There ain't nothing secret about my service.''
BREAKING: Rays players have been cautioned about the possibility of 30-40 protestors running onto the field to disrupt play today and garner attention, like a flash mob. Extra security is on hand at the Trop, which is the site of Sunday's RNC welcome party.
The players were told essentially that a disruption was possible and to avoid conflict.