Rays succeed their own way

Updated: February 22, 2013, 3:49 PM ET
By Buster Olney

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- As John Landis directed the legendary movie "Animal House," the actors realized that Landis was working to keep two groups separate. During down time, the actors who played characters in the Delta Tau Chi fraternity -- Bluto's fraternity -- stayed away from actors who were tied to the stiff fraternity, a distance which seemed to fuel the distance and resentment in the movie's scenes. The parties held by the Delta Tau actors seemed better, cooler; they seemed to be having more fun than their counterparts.

Which brings us to the Tampa Bay Rays.

I don't know if they have more fun than any other team -- it's very possible they don't -- but they sure as heck like to have fun, and they don't mind feeding the perception that they do. Rays Manager Joe Maddon was asked Thursday about David Price's comments about not wanting to shave his facial hair to play for the Yankees, and he smiled. "Beards, earrings, tattoos, we like it all," Maddon said.