Rays President Matt Silverman was on with Tom Jones and Rick Stroud today talking about the excitement of Opening Day and just how ownership plans to throw in some new "wrinkles" to the fan experience:
"You'll see the same things at the Trop with a couple new wrinkles here and there," Silverman said. "I won't spoil any of the surprises but there's always a couple new wrinkles that we think up over the off-season."
As if we didn't already know the sense of humor Rays skipper Joe Maddon had, Silverman says that he's taken a liking to a particular new song that may be incorporated into the new fan experiences this season:
"Joe Maddon seems to have taken to the song, 'Bang a Gong' by T-Rex. So you never know, we may just incorporate that a little bit into what we're doing."
Sine Maddon took over in the dugout, there's been a "Rays Way" instituted in the clubhouse. A philosophy that Silverman says is no more evident than in one particular, fan favorite Ray who the fans have nicknamed, "Zorilla":
"The best way to capture [The Rays Way] it is Ben Zobrist. Here's a guy who will do anything to help a club win a game. He'll put on any glove and he'll play any position. Last year you saw him play a key role for us at shortstop, a position he hadn't played in a number of years."
Equally as important as Zobrist has been for this team over the last few years, David Price and Evan Longoria have also taken a leadership role in the clubhouse as well as off. Silverman says that being open and available to the fans is just as important as being productive on the field:
"David is one of the most active Twitter guys around and he's very accessible. I think our fans have fun with them and they have fun with our fans and that's the engagement that we like."
"Those guys are two of the stand-up guys in the game and we're very fortunate to have them. They set a great example for so many of the other guys in the clubhouse, especially the young guys who come up and see the way those guys are and want to emulate them. They really set a good culture for our team."
Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Rays as one of the least valuable Major League teams. Don't take that to heart, though, fans! The team has actually moved up that list since the last time the popular business magazine did their rankings! To hear Silverman's comments on this, click HERE for the conversation he had on The Sports Page with Tom Jones and Rick Stroud!
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