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Joe Maddon's gimmicks as Rays manager

Wild, wacky stuff

To offset the pressure of playoff chases and losing streaks, former Rays manager Joe Maddon had a colorful history of themed dress-up road trips and, throughout the 2013 season, some rather unusual clubhouse guests. Here are some of his more memorable:

THEMED ATTIRE ROAD TRIPS

May 2014

Woodstock wardrobe to Seattle

August 2013

College football jerseys to Oakland

June 2013

"Accidental preppies" to Houston

May 2013

Camouflage to Baltimore

April 2013

Team letterman jackets to Boston

June 2012

All-white attire to Miami

May 2012

Nerd theme to Boston

June 2011

Grunge look to Seattle

June 2010

Hockey jerseys to Toronto

August 2009

Johnny Cash (all black) to Toronto

2013-14 SPECIAL CLUBHOUSE "GUESTS"

June 2014: A Seminole "medicine man" to help the slumping team change its fortunes

August 2013: A 20-foot long, 115-pound reticulated python

May: Four members of Tampa's Sol Caribe band played merengue, salsa and other music

April: A pair of South African penguins, Cliff and Shelly, from the Florida Aquarium; disc jockey; magician; and Mindy the umbrella cockatoo

Caryn Baird, Times news researcher

JOECABULARY

Hitterish: carrying the characteristics of a hitter

Woof: used to express extreme or ultimate respect for a player's skill

Poof: respect for a player's skill, but less than woof

Scare-ometer: imaginary instrument to measure the level of fear created by an incident

Poisontry: a state of negativity

Over-boogie: to exert oneself excessively

RBO: for "runs blocked out," runs saved by a catcher blocking a pitch in the dirt

9=8: A 2008 Maddon slogan emphasizing nine players playing nine innings each game to become one of eight playoff teams

Source: Tampa Bay Rays media guide

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