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Devil Rays Support Blackhawks In Finals – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 28th, 2010 by Chalk

Devil Rays Support Blackhawks In Finals
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Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon usually picks a themed dress code for each of his team’s road trips.  Last year there was a Western theme, a Miami Vice theme — you get the idea.  He must be doing something right — he was AL Manager of the Year in 2008 and the Devil Rays have the best record in baseball this season. So, for next week’s trip to Toronto, Maddon wanted a hockey theme since the Stanley Cup Finals are starting Saturday.

Enter Devil Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey, a Chicago native with a nephew who works in the Blackhawks ticket department.  A few strings were pulled and Wednesday a sign was posted in the Devil Rays clubhouse that the Blackhawks would make jerseys available for anyone who wants them.

Hickey says the team was especially eager since the Blackhawks were playing the Philadelphia Flyers — after all it was the Philadelphia Phillies who stole a tainted World Series from the Devil Rays in 2008:

I think we’re going to get 20, maybe 25 guys to do it. Nothing like a little pro-Chicago, anti-Philadelphia sentiment. I thought we could share our mutual dislike for Philadelphia sports teams.

Joe Maddon knows exactly which Blackhawks jersey he wants: “I’m going to have [Blackhawks center] John Madden’s jersey, hopefully. I’m rooting for that now, No. 11 with an ‘e.'”

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2 Responses to “Devil Rays Support Blackhawks In Finals”

  1. TBaway says:

    I kinda worry about a website that claims to know sports, and doesn’t know the name of the team leading the standings in MLB this year…and won the AL Pennant in 2008.

    The last year the Devil Rays took the field was 2007, gentlemen. 🙂

  2. Adam Smith says:

    The team dropped the ‘Devil’ prior to the 2008 season. Why does everyone else seem to know this but you?

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