Rays manager Joe Maddon
On his hands-off approach to the clubhouse:
"I truly try to stay out of their way as much as I possibly can. I don't want to impact the clubhouse when it's running this well. I attempted to impact it when it was running poorly, but when it's running well, it's because of the people in that group and the impact they have."
Poll of the day
Percentage of fans backing the Phillies in an online poll by the Standard-Speaker newspaper in Joe Maddon's hometown of Hazleton, Pa.
Maddon's response: "I get it. It speaks to loyalty. They're Phillies fans. Even if they know Joey, they ain't switching."
Hometown note of the day
Braced for an onslaught of friends and relatives driving (and busing) over from Hazleton, Maddon received a warmup gift Friday, a large brown box packed with pitza (cold pizza) from Senape's Bakery and some of his other favorite local delicacies.
Game 2 ratings hit historic low
Game 2 received an 8.1 national rating and 13 share, Fox Sports said. That is the second-lowest rating for a World Series game.
The rating means 8.1 percent of people who own TVs watched the game and 13 percent of those watching TV did so. The only rating lower was the 8.0 for Game 1 between the Cardinals and Tigers in 2006.
Game 1 earned a 9.2/15. So the first two games of this Series averaged 8.7 and 14, a 19 percent drop from the 10.8/18 for last year's Red Sox-Rockies Series.
Fox, however, said it was pleased.
"Game 2 came through to give Fox its best Thursday night rating in seven months, and that comes off Game 1 earning us our best Wednesday night in more than five months," Fox Sports president Ed Goren said. "Now with the Series tied at a game apiece, we're looking forward to interest building as the games continue and the drama unfolds."
Quote of the day
"I think these fans are a little more ruthless here than in New York. I know one way to shut them up — win."
Cliff Floyd, Rays DH after players were heckled leaving their hotel on the way to Friday's workout