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Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon gives a tour of his office

Manager Joe Maddon's Tropicana Field office could be considered more of a museum, given the eclectic collection of items he has on display. Some are obvious connections, others come with a story. Maddon agreed to let the St. Petersburg Times take you on a tour:

Signed Kevin Costner Rays jersey, from the actor's appearance with his band at the Rays' November 2007 uniform unveiling.

Lafayette College baseball jersey, sent to him by the school, from the early '70s era when he played, but not his number (he wore 22 and 26). The honorary degree Maddon received last month will soon be added.

A personalized Arizona Cardinals jersey, sent to him by the team after officials heard of his deep allegiance.

A prized photo for Maddon: with Yankees legend Yogi Berra, and former Rays pitching coach Mike Butcher, in 2006, Maddon's first spring on the job.

Album cover from one of Maddon's all-time favorites, Bruce Spring­steen's The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, sent to him by a Rays scout.

A tribute to Frank Walsh, an area writer who befriended Maddon and died in 2008.

The diamond-shaped trophy sitting unobtrusively atop the corner bookcase? Just his 2008 American League manager of the year award.

The small frame to the right of the bookcase contains one of Maddon's favorite Dr. Seuss quotes: Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

The framed photo on the left of Maddon's desk is part of his homage to Pants Rowland, manager of the 1917 White Sox, the only team to reach the World Series after being no-hit twice. The cap is a BRayser-plaid prototype.

The photo in the middle of the bookcase is of Maddon with his wife, Jaye.

The chess set on Maddon's desk was a gift from home clubhouse/equipment manager Chris Westmoreland.

The framed Sports Illustrated cover has nothing to do with baseball — it's cycling champ Lance Armstrong, whom Maddon, a self-described "bike freak," considers the best athlete in the world.

The most touching display is the John Challis jersey, for Maddon to remember the teenager he met before a June 2008 game in Pittsburgh who succumbed to cancer two months later. Maddon also writes on each lineup card "C+BL," which was Challis' motto: Courage + Believe = Life.

The St. Petersburg Times page symbolizes their first postseason series win in the 2008 ALDS over Chicago.

The Jackie Robinson poster hung in the visiting manager's office at the old Yankee Stadium, and when Maddon asked if he could buy it as a souvenir of the hallowed building, clubhouse manager Lou Cucuzza said he could have it.

Maddon's love for his hoodie sweatshirt is absolute, and when MLB officials tried to ban it earlier this season, he got a note of support from another famous hoodie wearer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Plus his own Patriots hoodie.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon gives a tour of his office 10/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 1:45pm]
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