Rays hope Seminole magic will help end skid
ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays are hoping some Seminole magic will fix the most challenging stretch of manager Joe Maddon's tenure.
The team brought Bobby Henry, a medicine man with the Seminole Tribe, to try to snap out of their current funk - a stretch of 12 losses in their last 13 games.
"We just turned him loose on the Trop," Maddon said.
Henry, 77, walked around Tropicana Field before today's 1:10 game against Seattle and spent time in the Rays' dugout before the game.
The Rays (24-40) have held the majors' worst record for five consecutive days and are 14 games back in the American League East - their largest deficit since the end of the 2009 season.
Maddon has been known for his unconventional tactics in the past, including bringing zoo animals into the clubhouse.
"I guess this guy made it rain in Tampa in the mid ‘80s at some point, so he's got some supernatural powers," Maddon said. "If it rains in the Trop, I'll be really impressed."