Joe Maddon ’76, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, is featured on the latest episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
The 181st edition of the Emmy-winning program debuted Tuesday night. It also will air on HBO 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 20; 9:45 p.m. Sunday, April 22; 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26; 12:30 a.m. Friday, April 27; 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28; and 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 30.
It will air on HBO2 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18; 4:15 a.m. Thursday, April 19; 10:55 a.m. and midnight Tuesday, April 24; 8 a.m. Friday, April 27; 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1; 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2; 7:55 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 4; noon Sunday, May 6; and 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12.
Watch segments from the Maddon profile:
Maddon, the 2011 American League Manager of the Year, led the Tampa Bay Rays on a dramatic run to the Wild Card last season with a 91-71 record. He also earned the award in 2008 after guiding the Rays to their first World Series appearance in franchise history. Maddon, who majored in economics at Lafayette, was the Leopards’ catcher for three seasons prior to signing as a free agent with the California Angels in 1975.
After four years as a backstop in the Angels’ minor-league system, Maddon remained with the organization in various coaching roles. He served two short stints as interim manager of the Angels in 1996 and 1999 and was a bench coach for the club’s 2002 World Series Championship. He became the Rays’ manager in November of 2005. Maddon, a 2009 Maroon Club Hall of Fame inductee, was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from Lafayette on Sept. 2, 2010.
Maddon has remained active as an alumnus. He has donated four tickets for each of the games included in a Friends of Lafayette Baseball auction fundraiser that will supplement the baseball program’s operational budget and support large-scale projects.
The winner of each auction, which spans 38 dates and 14 different Major League ballparks, will receive four tickets and field passes to meet with Maddon during batting practice. Each auction ends two weeks prior to the date of the game. In addition to 11 Rays’ home games, tickets are available for games in Arlington, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Cleveland, Anaheim, Oakland, St. Paul, Seattle, and Chicago.