Rays Meet Bird…

Last week, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team brought a special guest to the clubhouse and pregame media session:

Mindy, a 22-year-old Umbrella Cockatoo

Joe Maddon looked very comfortable with the bird perched on his arm and left shoulder.

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“Just another little diversion,” Maddon said. “I’ve always loved birds. I’ve always wanted one of these.”

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Here’s something else cool about the Rays… They have a “Touch Tank” at their ballpark where people (up to 50 at a time) have the opportunity to enjoy seeing and feeding the rays while attending the game.

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Presented by the Florida Aquarium, it is the first of its kind at a professional sports venue. Visitors can learn about these interesting animals and perhaps be inspired to check out more exotic and interesting fish.

The 35-foot, 10,000 gallon tank is located just beyond the right-center field fence at Tropicana Field. The Rays Touch Tank experience is free to all fans attending home games.

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Per Rays President Matt Silverman, “It not only gives our fans, particularly families, an experience unlike any other at a Major League ballpark, but also creates awareness for the Florida Aquarium, a Tampa Bay landmark and non-profit institution that provides cultural enrichment and education to our community.”

We love that Maddon has embraced birds & exotics. We also think it is awesome that the Rays are giving fans the opportunity to reach out and touch their namesake. Very cool!

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