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Tampa Bay Rays break out the tuxes

Rays Manager Joe Maddon had his team dressed for success, or something like that. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Rays Manager Joe Maddon is known as one of the more original-thinking managers in sports, and one of his fun quirks is having his team dress up in different “themes” for long road trips. Who can forget May’s homage to hippie-dippiedom, which even earned its own hashtag on Twitter, #RaysWoodstock? In case you did forget …

So with Tampa Bay heading off Sunday night for a 10-game stretch in Oakland, Chicago and Texas, it certainly was time to break out another theme. Maddon went with “James Bond Formal,” possibly to veer in the opposite direction from the Woodstock look. Or possibly because, with the team five games back in the wild-card race and having just traded away ace pitcher David Price, the rest of the season is just a formality. Either way, it was on with the tuxedos!

The clubhouse attendants also got into the swing of things, in their own way.

Not surprisingly, some players took a few more liberties with the concept.

Just about every baseball team has hunting aficionados, so a little camouflage was to be expected.

And, of course, when some guys hear “formal attire,” they have a film in mind, but not a Bond flick.

Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.



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Des Bieler · August 3, 2014