ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will depart for Texas after Thursday afternoon's game against the Angels for a three-game series with the Rangers.
When they do depart, they'll be going light in the luggage department since they have declared this their "minimalist" trip.
Joe Maddon explained the theory behind the season's first themed road trip.
"It's just a three-day trip and it's a great opportunity for us to practice our minimalist tendencies," said the Rays manager with a customary twinkle in his eye. "I'm hoping everybody just brings their little carry-on luggage, one pair of jeans, three shirts, some socks. Those who wear underwear, bring underwear, and your toiletries. And you can make a nice three-day event where it really cuts down on the amount of work that [the clubhouse staff has] to do.
"As we move forward into this century, I think minimalism is going to become a more popular concept. So we are just doing our best right now to promote that particular concept. We're starting with our trip to Texas."
Maddon attributed the genesis of the trip to a "last moment thing" decided upon on Tuesday.
Clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland "wanted to know what we were doing for the trip," Maddon said. "And I said, 'Let's just go with the minimalism on this trip,' and then we made it into the minimalist trip."
Maddon was asked which player would have the most difficulty downsizing for the trip.
"Carlos [Pena], I'll go with Carlos," Maddon said, adding that among the coaching staff it would be batting coach Derek Shelton. "Shelty wants to bring his foot locker and he's not going to be able to bring it on this trip."