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Maddon recalls meeting with Wooden

Maddon recalls meeting with Wooden

ARLINGTON -- John Wooden died Friday, and on Saturday, Rays manager Joe Maddon smiled remembering a special moment when he had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the legendary basketball coach when Maddon served as the Angels' bench coach.

"We sat across from each other just talking baseball," Maddon said. "He was a big baseball fan. He was there waiting on something and I took that opportunity to speak with him. I don't remember the conversation, but I remember he was really knowledgeable about the game and the Angels at that time. I also remember just sitting there and saying to myself, 'You're talking to John Wooden right now.' And I could not wait to tell people I had done that."