May 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon (70) looks on from the dugout third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays turn to medicine man for help

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The Tampa Bay Rays are currently in the midst of a slump and have turned to a Seminole medicine man to help impact their game on Monday night.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon invited a 77 year old tribal elder named Bobby Henry to grace their presence at Tropicana Field on Monday. The team currently has the worst record in the majors and can use all the help they can get.

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

Apparently Henry has supernatural powers, specifically when it comes to helping it rain. Call it coincidence or not, after his visit a downpour began outside of Tropicana Field and the team shared the news via Twitter.


This is not the first time Maddon has tried random acts to help liven his team. He has brought a python, penguins and a magician into the clubhouse in the past.

The Rays have lost twelve of the last fifteen games heading into Monday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. There’s not really a chance to get much worse, so taking the initiative can only help the team at this point. Apparently Henry told reporters that there weren’t too many bad spirits there so it should be looking better soon.

The game is currently underway and soon fans will see if the help of the medicine man has indeed brought good luck to the team.

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