The finale of this homestand promises to be one to remember, and it won’t have anything to do with tonight’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees.

All manager Joe Maddon would say about this afternoon’s pregame guest is that it will be another member of the animal kingdom.

Maddon, who brought in a DJ on Saturday and a magician Sunday, walked around the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon and conducted his pregame media session with Mindy, a 22-year-old Umbrella Cockatoo, perched on his arm and left shoulder.

“Just another little diversion,” Maddon said. “I’ve always loved birds. I’ve always wanted one of these.”

Mindy has been living in Sunken Gardens for the past five years. She has a life expectancy of 80 to 90 years, according to her owner, P.J. Murray of Tierra Verde.

The acts and animals are all part of Maddon’s way to take some of the pressure off as players tried to rebound from a 2-7 road trip.

“Let’s take the other road less traveled by which would be the one with birds in your clubhouse,” Maddon said.

Vice president of communications Rick Vaughn was charged with finding an animal for today; neither he nor Maddon would reveal the choice. Maddon said it won’t be ponies for pony rides or snakes.

“I will not be in the clubhouse with a snake,” Maddon said. “Regardless of what people say, I’m not on board with that.”

When asked if he could do something that would take his team by surprise, Maddon said, “Yeah, but I’m not going to mention it.”