WICHITA — In a Fox Sports story online Thursday, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is quoted as saying, "I never served time in Omaha, but I have in Wichita."
Though that may not sound like a good thing, Maddon apparently meant well, and Wichita gets a great plug in the story.
Much like Peyton Manning used the word "Omaha" to signal certain plays in football, the article says Maddon is now using "Wichita" as a "code word to signal that a call should be challenged as part of Major League Baseball's expanded replay."
"Omaha and Wichita, kind of almost in a perverse way, rhyme," Maddon said.
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The article says the Wichita code is "a tip of the cap to his past."
Maddon was involved in the National Baseball Congress, which is held in Wichita, as a player and a coach and has been inducted into its Hall of Fame.
The article says baseball has a "soft spot throughout Wichita's history," in part due to the NBC. It quotes a few Wichitans about the code connection.