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Joe Maddon believes 'real men wear plaid'

Oct 6, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has a plea to Rays fans out there (from the St. Petersburg Times):

“Real men wear plaid,” Maddon said. “Come on out in your plaids — that would be awesome. To have this ballpark plaided out would be very cool.”

Maddon invented the “Brayser,” a blue and white plaid blazer that his team embraced this season. And I have to admit it would be pretty cool to see Tropicana Field clad in plaid when the Rays take the field for Game 1 against the Rangers on Wednesday. Only one problem: like many creative geniuses, Maddon has focused on the making of his invention, but not the production, and there are only 54 “Braysers” in existence.

So dig into those closets, Rays fans. You’re on your own.

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  1. The Common Man - Oct 6, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Fortunately, Maddon’s Rays play in front of the one geriatric, pack-rat fan base that may still have the original plaid blazers they wore in the 1970s. Those geezers keep everything. Am I right, Gator?

  2. Kiwicricket - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    This could get interesting…

  3. Larry - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    If you were a Mets fan in the 70’s, there is NO WAY you could forget LIndsey Nelson and his plaid blazers. I have no idea how many he had, but it seemed like he had one for each game.
    My dad had a red/white/blue plaid blazer in the 70’s, back when patriotism was all about the Spirit of ’76! Man, that thing was ugly!

  4. Jacob - Oct 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    That will soon change because the Rays are looking into mass producing the braysers so everyone can wear plaid.

  5. Trevor B - Oct 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Did Chuck Norris ever wear plaid? That will decide this question.

  6. Mahoney - Oct 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    How many gimmicks does one fan base need?

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