Pregame interview with Maddon
Rays manager prepares for Championship Series against Boston
Just to verify, start me up this morning?JOE MADDON: Absolutely. Well, actually this afternoon. Had a houseful this morning, didn't want to turn it up, so we did it when we came in the locker room this afternoon. Appreciate it. James Shields, do you have any pre game rituals that you talk? Do you talk to him, do anything? Contact him in any way? JOE MADDON: Stay clear. I learned that with him the first year I was around him. He's one of those -- you could talk to him a lit bit, but he's the kind of guys that gets into his own little world, his own little focus, and he sits in the corner and you see the look on his face. There's certain starting pitchers you really try to avoid the day this they pitch. Others you can talk to. I think he's kind of a tweener, but I never try to talk to him. There's nothing I could tell him that's going to help. I could only injure him right now.
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