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Morris hoping Rays magic rubs off on Bucs



Just call him Ray-heem Morris.

A few hours after watching the Tampa Bay Rays dramatic 8-7 win over the New York Yankees that ended early Thursday, the Bucs coach took his team to Tropicana Field for a beat-the-heat indoor workout, per their custom.

“Little Trop magic today,’’ Raheem Morris said. “Went over there and sat in coach (Joe Maddon’s) seat. I hung on that rail he hung on all last night and I just rubbed all over that rail, man. Take some of that thunder he’s got going. 

“The other day, I didn’t want to practice there, I was assuming there would be a play-in game or whatever the case may be. But going over there today, with the Rays being in the playoffs, I was glad to go back and glad to be over that way in that fashion and couldn’t be happier for those guys over there. It was like (Josh) Freeman throwing a touchdown pass when Longo hit that home run.’’

Morris and Maddon are close friends who both live in south Tampa and frequently dine together at 717 South. When Morris left One Bucs Place Wednesday night, the Rays were trailing 7-0.

“We were all miserable, me and (tight ends coach) Alfredo (Roberts),’’ Morris said. “We are all in the tank. It was 7-0. We started slow, but we finished fast. It was the Rays way. They do it their way, they won the game. I couldn’t be more happy. I’ve never seen (a game) in that fashion. That was a lot of fun, that was exciting, that was crazy. People left the stadium. I’m sure those people are upset with themselves today. The entire SportsCenter talked about the Boston collapse, it wasn’t how the Rays put their sneakers on and ran people down. That’s the way I look at it. It was the Rays way. It was the mentality. It wasn’t about people collapsing. It’s hard to say people collapse when they win 90-some-odd games.’’

The Bucs host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium, which coincides with the Rays first game at the Trop in the ALDS.

Morris was asked if he planned to follow the Rays in Texas.

“I’d like to. I’ve got plans,’’ he said. “I was going to get you guys to write a bunch of stories, how great it would be, for Raheem Morris and a couple of guys – Saturday is kind of our off day this week because we’ve got the Monday Night Football game – so we could fly up there, watch the game, fly back. Our owners, you know, let us hold the NetJet. Lot of pressure on my ownership.’’

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:58pm]


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