New Slogan and a Parade
Joe Maddon unveiled his encore to last year’s popular 9=8 slogan during his talk to the players prior to Wednesday’s first full-squad workout. And this year’s slogan is (drum roll): ’09 better than ’08.
“I wanted to re-emphasize that nine will always equal eight in our math, but furthermore this year, ’09 is going to be better than ’08,” Maddon said. “And we want to hopefully be better by at least three games.”
The Rays will be the honorees of a parade Thursday afternoon in Punta Gorda.
The festivities will begin at 2:45 and the entire team is scheduled to attend the parade, which will start on West Marion Ave., head down Taylor St., and ultimately conclude at Quality
Self Storage on Taylor Road.
Immediately following the parade, there will be a “meet-and-greet” at Laishley Park, with interactive games for the kids, autograph signing, merchandise, baseball foods, sodas and beer.