St. Petersburg, Florida -- If every piece is in its place, then every player should have peace.
That's one way to look at life inside the Rays clubhouse -- in Chris Westmoreland's "house."
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"It's exciting. It's a goal, every year on Opening Day, to make it right," said Westmoreland, the team's major league clubhouse and equipment manager.
His staff shows up -- to set up --six or eight hours before each game.
As tailgaters get ready in the parking lot and the buzz builds in and around the ballpark, the folks in the clubhouse have to get everything placed perfectly.
"You've got the wants and needs of 40-plus people,"Westmoreland said.
"And you want to make sure that when they come in this clubhouse, they're not worrying about anything that's going to affect them on the field."
For Westmoreland, the names his staff stitches on each jersey are more than just lines on a roster.
"We lose a lot of good guys, and you gain relationships with new players," Westmoreland said.
"Beyond the professional side, the personal side, that's what's big for me. You get to know players as people -- as opposed to what people see on TV, the guys out on the field."
That Opening Day goal of not just dusting off the jerseys, but working to create a comfortable space for each player, is something Westmoreland says is reinforced by the man at the top, Rays Manager Joe Maddon.
"I'd argue that most other clubs are tense on Opening Day. But what Joe Maddon does here, and the culture that he provides us, as staff and players, I think, is completely opposite," Westmoreland said.
"So, the people on the outside probably think it's an intense day, and everybody's all nervous, but I think Joe goes by the fact that it's just another game."