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20-foot python visits Rays clubhouse

Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon is doing whatever he can to keep his players loose and relaxed.

Maddon had a 20-foot python brought to the clubhouse before last night’s game against Seattle.

Maddon said he found out through research that 2013 is the year of the snake on the Chinese calendar, and he said the team needed “a little bit of motivation within the clubhouse.”

Maddon and closer Fernando Rodney were among those who picked up the snake. Others stayed as far away as possible.

Maddon also welcomed a pair of penguins, a magician and a disc jockey to the clubhouse earlier this season.

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