Joe Maddon has given us yet another reason to declare him the most epic manager in the Majors right now. Of course, there may be others out there with a better win-loss record in 2013, but no one celebrates both wins and losses better than the Tampa Bay skipper.
Take the team’s recent road trip out to L.A. to take on the Angels, for example. No matter how his Rays played, Maddon was going to host a party at at a bar near his offseason home in Long Beach, Calif. – and he was buying.
There was probably an Angels fan or two that changed jerseys for a few hours.
Luckily, Maddon’s Rays won, 7-1, so his Win or Weep Party officially became a Win Party.
So by the end of the night, there was reason for celebration. They had the usual post-game dance party, with the strobe lights they pack for every trip. And then they boarded a special bus Maddon arranged to take them to the Legends Sports Bar in the Belmont Shores area of Long Beach near where Maddon lives, (Maddon further spread the word with a tweet offering a free beer to any fans who showed up in Rays gear.)
The genesis of the Win or Weep party came, as so many of Maddon’s ideas do, from growing up in Hazleton, Pa.
“Hazleton vs. West Hazleton, back in the day, Thanksgiving Day football — after the game, there was the Win or Weep Dance,’ he said. “Three years, Hazleton Win Dance.”
Love this guy. Seriously, could you imagine Bill Belichick ever inviting a fan to drink a beer with him and the Patriots? Heck no.
Rob Gronkowski, on the other hand, would buy everyone a round of shots.
[H/T: Big League Stew]