ST. PETERSBURG -- After Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Royals, manager Joe Maddon challenged members of American Legion Post 238 in Safety Harbor, Fla., to meet up. After all, beers, pickled eggs and sausages for members would be available courtesy of Maddon and the team.
"I heard it was a great turnout, and I also heard they were able to collect dues that were in arrears by certain fellows that showed up that hadn't been there in a while," Maddon said.
Maddon himself was unable to attend but plans to stop by the post at some point.
But he may not have been able to find any parking even if he did stop by. The event attracted so many members that people had to park in the yards of neighboring houses.
The Rays are in the middle of their "American Legion Week," with the flag of Post 238 hanging in the front of the clubhouse, and during this homestand, the team is not required to take batting practice.