“I just kept saying (to bench coach Davey Martinez), ‘Do you believe this? Do you believe this?’ I don’t know how many times I said it. And I might have included a word I can’t utilize right now.”—Maddon, on Longo’s winning homer Wednesday. (via fuckyeahrays)
“Coming into the season I remember saying, ‘the demise of the Rays has been greatly exaggerated,’” Maddon said. “After a 1-8 start I looked like a fool. I understand that but I believed in our guys and I know what we’re capable of…We went on our first road trip and I bought some really good whiskey on that airplane. Everybody got a little cup and I toasted to the best 1-8 team in major league history on that first plane ride.”—Joe Maddon, manager. <3 this man.
“The game turned out to be a classic, and also a battle of attrition. The Rays used 18 position players and eight pitchers, and with Upton cramping up at the end, Maddon said he was prepared to put DH Johnny Damon in the outfield and use Andy Sonnanstine as a pinch-hitter. Also, the next pitcher was going to be Monday starter James Shields.”