Rays take a little off the top for charity
Led by Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, team president Matt Silverman, executive VP Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon, 65 members of the Rays organization had their heads or in Luke Scott's case, their mutton chops - shaved in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
"We're having a hope-raising, hair-raising, fund-raising event,'' PCF executive director Nancy Crane said, thanking Maddon for taking a lead role.
Donations can be made through pcfcutforacure.org, and T-shirts can be purchased (for $15.99, with proceeds to charity) at the Trop, Tampa team store, Charlotte Sports Park, plyus All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, and the Moffitt Cancer Center and Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa.
OF Sam Fuld looked to have the most to lose, with the longest locks of the group. Director of major-league administration Sandy Dengler became the first women to particpate.
How did Maddon come out? "You have to get used to it,'' Sternberg said. "It takes a while,'' Maddon said,
Overall, Sternberg said it was a small gesture on their part to help a great cause, and is also a good team-building exercise. "It's great for our players to get involved,'' Sternberg said.