Feb. 28, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – For the third consecutive year, Friends of Lafayette Baseball has announced that Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon ’76 has donated four tickets to select Rays’ games through the 2014 season. Friends of Baseball will hold a silent auction for the tickets, which visits six different Major League ballparks over 11 games.
Tickets available for games in Tampa Bay include two games against the Boston Red Sox (May 23 and July 25) and the New York Yankees (Aug. 15 and Sept. 16), as well as a game against the Baltimore Orioles (June 17). The away games available feature the Chicago White Sox (April 25), Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim (May 16), Oakland Athletics (Aug. 5) and New York Yankees (Sept. 10). For the first time, the Joe Maddon Lafayette Baseball Tour visits Houston on June 13 and St. Louis on July 22.
Each auction ends two weeks prior to the date of the game. The winning bidder will receive four tickets to the game along with four field passes to meet Maddon during batting practice. Visit the auction homepage for more information or to place a bid when the bidding opens on March 1.
The 2014 Joe Maddon Lafayette Baseball Tour is a fundraiser to supplement the Lafayette baseball program’s annual operational budget as well as other large-scale projects relevant to the program.
Joe Maddon '76 has twice been named the American League Manager of the Year, most recently in 2011 after leading the Rays on a dramatic run to the postseason. He also earned the award in 2008 after guiding the Rays to their first World Series appearance in franchise history. Maddon, who majored in Economics at Lafayette, was the Leopards' catcher for three seasons prior to signing as a free agent with the California Angels in 1975.
After four years as a backstop in the Angels' minor-league system, Maddon remained with the organization in various coaching roles. He served two short stints as interim manager of the Angels in 1996 and 1999 and was a bench coach for the club's 2002 World Series Championship. He became the Rays' manager in November of 2005. Maddon, a 2009 Maroon Club Hall of Fame inductee, was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from Lafayette on Sept. 2, 2010.