ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Joe Maddon is having his team start the next road trip in style.
As part of a theme travel day to Toronto for the Rays' three-game series against the Blue Jays from Monday to June 2, Maddon asked all his players to wear hockey jerseys. He had a simple answer when asked why.
"We're going to Canada -- Stanley Cup week," said Maddon, referring to the fact that the Stanley Cup Final between Philadelphia and Chicago start Saturday. "[It's] the national pastime of the great country of Canada."
Maddon, who said he will be wearing a St. Louis Blues jersey, noted that he had no preference as to who wins the championship.
Maddon has instituted similar dress codes in the past as a way of lightening the mood, such as a "white-out" to Miami, a "western" trip to Colorado and even a Johnny Cash-themed trip. He is working on other options for the rest of the season, including another "white-out" when the team plays the Marlins in Miami on June 18-20.
Maddon also joked about trying to purchase team blazers -- "something with plaid" -- for a future trip, although he didn't quite realize the potential cost of doing so.
"I thought you could just Google 'cool plaid team blazers' and get one," a laughing Maddon said. "But you can't."