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11/12/08 6:19 PM EST

Maddon revels in award on honeymoon

AL Manager of Year interrupts trip with new wife to address media

It's been a pretty good year so far for the Rays, as the 11-year franchise accomplished several well-known firsts in terms of player and team success.

It also hasn't been a bad week for manager Joe Maddon.

On Saturday, Maddon got married to fiancee Jaye Sousoures in Fullerton, Calif., and is spending all week traveling through Europe for his honeymoon.

So when Maddon chimed in to speak to baseball writers about being named the American League Manager of the Year on Wednesday, the three-year Rays skipper was already basking in Rome.

And he said his new wife wasn't mad about him shortly interrupting the escapade.

"She's very understanding of the whole situation," said Maddon, who got on a plane on Tuesday morning from Los Angeles and arrived in Paris before jetting off to Italy.

Speaking at 9 p.m. Rome time during the 3 p.m. ET conference call, Maddon said he plans on visiting Vatican City and seeing the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon on Thursday, before heading off to Florence and London.

"We're at a pretty good spot right now," Maddon said. "I'm looking at the 'Versace' store right across the street."

Maddon said that despite all the success he and his Rays have enjoyed this year, it's always important for him to periodically escape from baseball in the offseason and recharge his batteries.

"At this point, I'd really like to just let go for the next couple of weeks," said Maddon, whose wedding song was by Julio Iglesias, at his wife's request, and reception was at The Queen Mary.

"I do want to drop [baseball] for a while. I think it's very important that you do. I think it's important that you walk away from it and then you regain perspective and a freshness about your approach. I really and truly intend to do that."

As for his celebration plans for Wednesday night, Maddon said he just wants to keep it simple, considering his busy plans the rest of this week.

"Just a little pizza, an adult beverage or two, and then a good night rest for the [early morning] walk tomorrow," Maddon said.

Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.