Rays turn clubhouse into pregame karaoke bar

Rays turn clubhouse into pregame karaoke bar

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays' clubhouse converted into a karaoke bar early Thursday morning before the day's tilt against the Pirates.

And the winner: Catcher Luke Maile for his rendition of "Daughter" by Pearl Jam.

"He killed it," reliever Steve Geltz noted.

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The media did not get to witness the scene that took place behind closed doors, but the smiles said a good time was had by all as the youngsters entertained the veterans. Taylor Motter's rendition of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" even featured the utility man dressing to assume Swift's character.

"He got after it," Maile said. "Give him credit for that. He wasn't scared."

When asked if Motter might have enjoyed the performance a little too much, Maile smiled and noted, "He likes a lot of things too much. But we love him for it."

Maile said he might have dressed like Eddie Vedder had he known that Motter planned to dress like Swift.

According to Geltz, right-hander Jacob Faria's performance of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" was "classic" and third baseman Richie Shaffer's rendition of "Animals" by Nickelback "set a high bar."

"That's my go-to karaoke song," Shaffer said. "I thought I killed it."

Unfortunately for Shaffer, he went first. That brought put him under more scrutiny that those who performed later in the show. Maile had the benefit of being the final performer.

"I don't know if I won anything," Maile said. However, he did allow that he doesn't foresee a singing career in his future.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.