Maddon gushes respect for Sox players


Maddon gushes respect for Sox players

BOSTON Rays manager Joe Maddon had very pointed comments after Fridays game and the melee that ensued after Luke Scott was hit by a Franklin Morales pitch with two outs in the ninth inning.

But by Saturday afternoon, Maddon wanted nothing more to say on the matter.

I covered everything about that that I wanted to last night, Maddon said. The thing I'd like to cover today, if I may, is how much respect I have for the Red Sox players. Been doing this now for seven or eight years in the American League East and I have a strong feeling for the professionalism of the Red Sox players for that entire time. Guys like (David) Ortiz, (Dustin) Pedroia, (Kevin) Youkilis, (Josh) Beckett's pitching tonight, my respect goes out for them.

So as we move this thing forward, I think we have that same kind of group here with the Rays players. We come here to play baseball, we like to play it hard every night, we kind of like to think of it as the Rays way of doing things. But my whole focus now is on this game tonight and I definitely want to put out there how much respect I do have for the Boston Red Sox players.''

Maddons comments Saturday were drastically different than what he had to say after Fridays game.

After the Rays 7-4 win Friday night, Maddon tweeted:

Very proud of our effort 2nite. What occurred in the 9th reeked of intent. Was ridiculous, absurd, idiotic, incompetent, cowardly behavior.