Make no mistake, no manager is more careful with his words than Joe Maddon. That’s why the following quote caught our attention (via Marc Topkin)…
“They’re just really hot right now. It’s like they know what’s coming almost. They’re on every pitch.”
Now, maybe Maddon really just thinks the Red Sox came home and suddenly got really, really, hot against one of the best starting rotations in baseball.
Or maybe Maddon suspects that the Red Sox are stealing signs and wants them to know that: a) the Rays are now paying attention; and b) if true, it’s not cool.
So why didn’t Maddon just come out and wonder aloud if he really thinks the Red Sox are stealing signs? Because that would have caused a shit storm. Instead, Maddon sent a message with plausible deniability.
Or maybe Maddon just thinks the Red Sox are super duper hot and the Rays pitchers just aren’t that good *wink, wink*.