Rays ask Seminole medicine man for help breaking slump
On Monday, Rays manager Joe Maddon sought help from a local medicine man. He’s hoping Seminole Tribal elder Bobby Henry can help wash away the losing energy at Tropicana Field
“We just turned him loose on the Trop,” Maddon told Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. 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. If it rains in the Trop I’ll be really impressed. That will be his best moment ever.”
Henry, who is known to many as The Rainmaker, is 77 and has lived in the Tampa area for 45 years. He walked around Tropicana Field on Monday morning and spent some time sitting in the Rays dugout and clubhouse area. Henry doesn’t believe the team has a major problem on its hands.
“That field, not so bad,” he explained. “I walked around. … I don’t think it’s real bad, you know? We just have to open, just key opening and let them (bad spirits) out.”
If Henry did something to help the Rays, the results did not show immediately. They were shutout by the Seattle Mariners 3-0 on Monday afternoon. David Price didn’t seem impressed.
#Rays Price: “We had a medicine man in here today sprinkling water on people’s chairs. That didn’t work."
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The Rays are hitting .244 as a team and their opponents are hitting .250 against them. They have a team ERA of 4.15 and have scored an average of just 3.6 runs per game. Maddon’s team is one of the worst hitting and pitching teams in baseball. A rainmaker probably isn’t going to do them any good.