Hairs To The Rays

In Jonah Keri’s new book The Extra 2%, the author describes Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon as a forward thinking leader dedicated to unconventional strategy.  If Keri were looking for more proof to drive this point home, he might have done well to delay publication for a couple more months because over the weekend Maddon announced that he would not be cutting his hair during the season while encouraging his players to do the same.

I encourage the growth of follicles on our club. I think guys should grow hair wherever they’re able. I’m not planning to cut mine in 2011. Sometimes I just go with my instincts, and I just think it could turn into a lot of fun for the group. So whatever keeps you focused on the field, and having fun off of it, I’m all for.

With Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon as veterans on the club, it’s difficult to imagine this not taking off.

Fashion for the sake of the team is nothing new to Tampa Bay.  Last season the Rays attempted to enhance unity with the Brayser and the year before that, it was the Rayhawks.

So, has Tampa Bay cemented themselves as everyone’s second favourite Major League Baseball team yet?