Madson keeps things loose, dons mask in tub

Madson keeps things loose, dons mask in tub

CINCINNATI -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said nothing when he walked into the trainer's room recently to find Ryan Madson wearing a mask while relaxing in a hot tub.

He said little Sunday when asked about the encounter.

"I knew it was [Madson]," Manuel said before Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Great American Ball Park. "I saw Chooch [Carlos Ruiz] with it on, too."

Madson is one of the most popular players in the Phils' clubhouse because of his sense of humor. He said he recently purchased the mask, which has a striking resemblance to former Phillies infielder and current Reds infielder Miguel Cairo, while shopping at a Halloween store with his children.

"I've been wearing it every day to the playoffs, so I had to wear it again today," he said.

Madson wore the mask into the interview room before Sunday's game, which was the public's first view of it.

"Hot tub is where it debuted," Madson said. "That was cool. But the first guy that walked in was Charlie Manuel and he shook his head. But I kept with it. The guys encouraged me, and I guess my favorite place to wear it would be probably the shower."