Make us your home page

Rays' travel shirts pay tribute to Navy SEAL Team 6

rays-seals.jpgST. PETERSBURG -- The travel theme for the Rays' road trip to Baltimore this weekend will pay tribute to the military unit responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden, as players and coaches will wear shirts that read "Navy SEAL Team 6," manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday afternoon.

"Just a tribute to their teamwork that enabled them to carry out their mission," Maddon said. "Teamwork being involved in what we do on a daily basis, you see the Lightning doing right now, you see the Bucs do, and you see the military do. The military is such a big part of our community here. It's such a tribute to them, their training and their attitude, the difficult odds they're working against all the time."

Maddon, who often chooses topical themes for his team's road trips, said he was inspired by the unit's courage in attacking bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

"Look what it's done for the country right now," he said. "It's really picked everybody up. Everybody's got that good feeling about themselves right now, which is very contagious. So it's a tribute to the Navy SEAL Team 6 and to all the teams out there that work as a group."

Maddon said he expected players to wear caps for the Tampa Bay Lightning, which hold a 3-0 lead in the second round of the NHL playoffs and can clinch the series with a win at home Wednesday night.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 12:17am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours