The Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla. last week. Because manager Joe Maddon is still the man in charge in Tampa, the camp will have a wacky twist: Maddon told reporters he intends to stay in his massive RV, dubbed “Cousin Eddie”, all spring.
The Tampa skipper was bitten by the RV bug after staying in an RV park over the 2013 All-Star break. Maddon and his wife, Jaye, toured around the country this off-season in the $300,000 custom vessel.
Per TBO.com, the RV is ready for habitation:
Maddon’s motor home comes with four TVs, a kitchen, 11⁄2 bathrooms, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a king-sized bed and two fold-out beds. It has four slide-out compartments.
True to form, Maddon made the members of the media head out to the RV for his initial presser of spring training. The scribes are still buying that he’s staying in the vehicle, but Rays video coordinator Chris “Chico” Fernandez thinks Maddon will move to a hotel within three weeks.
“It’s extremely comfortable, regardless of what Chico says. He’s really down on me being able to survive in the RV for a month and a half. That’s ridiculous,” Maddon said.
Maddon is lucky he made it out of his hometown of Hazleton, Pa. before the recent snowstorms. No way he’d navigate those streets today; he’d have to hold infield practice via Google Hangout.
Press conference with Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman, and Joe’s $300,000 RV pic.twitter.com/0MDgrBYdPn (via the Rays)
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) February 14, 2014
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 14, 2014