Joe Maddon buys beer for Rays fans at Long Beach bar

joe-maddonTampa Bay Rays fans who have been following the team’s current road trip on the west coast have little reason to be impressed. Those who were there to witness the four-game losing streak with which the trip began deserve some sort of compensation. Leave it to Rays skipper Joe Maddon.

After Tampa snapped its losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night, Maddon encouraged Rays fans to join the team for a celebration at Legends bar in Long Beach.

We would expect nothing less from the man who is the brain trust behind several phenomenal themed road trips throughout the regular season. As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times pointed out, the Rays were going to party win or lose — an idea Maddon picked up while growing up in Hazleton, Penn.

“It was the Win or Weep party post-game tonight,” he said. “Fortunately, it’s a Win party. Hazleton vs. West Hazleton, back in the day, Thanksgiving Day football — after the game, there was the Win or Weep Dance. Three years, Hazleton Win Dance.”

Don’t you ever change, Joe Maddon.

H/T Big League Stew

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