The Tampa Bay Rays are struggling. Hard.
Having lost 12 of their last 13 games, Tampa Bay currently boasts the worst record in the majors (24-40). The Rays are sitting ugly—real ugly. But judging by a recent decision by manager Joe Maddon, it's nothing a little holistic help can't cure.
According to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune (h/t Ted Berg of For The Win), Maddon has enlisted the help of Bobby "The Rainmaker" Henry, a Seminole medicine man the manager believes will help drive the bad spirits out of Tropicana Field.
The Rays invited the 77-year-old medicine man, a longtime resident of the Tampa area, to their stadium Monday, and he took a stroll about the premises in the name of assessing the situation
"That field, not so bad. I walked around. ... I don't think it's real bad, you know?" Henry said. "We just have to open, just key opening and let them [bad spirits] out."
Maddon says Henry once made it rain in Tampa during the '80s and hopes his presence at the ballpark will help the Rays turn things around.
"I guess this guy made it rain in Tampa in the mid-80s at some point, so I guess he's got some supernatural powers," Maddon said. "If it rains in the Trop I'll be really impressed. That will be his best moment ever."
Henry wouldn't reveal his secret blessings but said he's eager to see if his trip to Tropicana Field pays dividends.
"We'll see what happens this time," Henry said. "I told Joe I'll come back Sunday."
And that's how the Rays—a team that prides itself on talent development and practical spending—came to rely on a medicine man for bringing about a turn in their season.
Will Henry's blessing work?
Well, his work didn't pay immediate dividends. The Rays fell to the Mariners on Monday afternoon, 3-0. So the juju definitely hasn't taken effect yet.
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