Tampa Bay Rays invoke Medicine Man to turn around losing streak

  • David Whitlock

Without question, the Tampa Bay Rays have been the biggest disappointment in baseball this year.  They’ve won one game since Memorial Day.  They are currently the worst team in baseball at 24-41.  They just demoted their closer (let me tell you, when you’ve lost 13 of 14, it’s probably not just your closer (evidence 3-0 loss today).  Rays skipper Joe Maddon, always one to keep it light and try something new, brought in some help.  No, not a snake or closer from AAA or even a power bat.  But rather, a Medicine Man.  One from the Seminole tribe, no less (might I remind you who the College Football National Champions are)?  This according the ESPN and AP wire reports:

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon invited 77-year-old tribal elder Bobby Henry to Tropicana Field on Monday in an attempt to help his team, which has the worst record in the majors.

“We just turned him loose on the Trop,” Maddon said.

Maddon talked about Henry’s “supernatural powers,” specifically when it comes to making it rain.

“If it rains in the Trop, I’ll be really impressed. That will be his best moment ever,” he told reporters.

The Tampa Bay Rays Twitter account confirmed that rain did begin, although not necessarily indoors.

If this doesn’t work, you can always offer JoBu some rum:

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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