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'Rodney Hood' takes aim

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

At the end of the game, Fernando Rodney looks skyward, pulls back, and fires an imaginary arrow upwards. It's his signature move that began as just a way to add some fun to the season.

"My friend told me you have to enjoy this year," said Rodney. "Have fun there and try to do something different that everybody's going to like.

Now when Rodney pulls back, it's not only fans that have their eye on the target.

"We have to look at the arrow," said Sean Rodriguez. "'Cause we did it one time and it was a big hit, everyone was laughing because we were. I can't believe we just looked for an arrow that's not even there."

"I talked with the guys and told them you need to follow the arrow," said Carlos Pena. "If you really look for it, you can really see it. Next thing you know the outfield was doing it."

Do they really?

"Sometimes, yeah," laughed Luke Scott. "Sometimes I see it and sometimes it's just too fast. It goes out of sight."

A signature moves needs a special nickname to go along with it, and Rays broadcaster Orestes Destrada came up with a perfect fit: "Rodney Hood." You know, 'Prince of Saves.' That's my addition.

"He's Rodney Hood, you know," said Pena. "Just like that unsung hero. He comes in the end and saves the day. It's awesome."

Rodney like it and even has his own archery club at the Trop. Fans post signs and tweet his results.

"I see some fans in the stands actually wait for it and follow it," said Pena. "It's a cool thing that caught on."

Rodney doesn't aim at the same spot every time, but there is one target behind his aim.

"You can't see it?" asked Pena. "What, you don't believe? You have to believe if you want to see it. We do believe and that's part of it all. It's part of the magic. We try to have fun when we are out here. The moment you don't appreciate the things that are going on around you like that -- that are maybe so minor, yet so powerful in the end of the day. Then that's the day you just have to walk away."

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