Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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The Keymaster? The Gatekeeper?
Posted May 28, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated May 28, 2009 at 06:30 PM
CLEVELAND—On the heels of the Rays’ 17th consecutive loss in Cleveland, Joe Maddon was casting about for answers and came to the only logical conclusion for a funk that predates his term as manager: Tower City.
The downtown mall and transit station is a distinguished-looking old building, leading Maddon to the obvious deduction that it must be haunting the Rays somehow.
“It must have something to do with that tower where they have the mall,” Maddon mused. “I’m sure there’s some sort of negative spiritual influence that’s been cast upon us from that particular tower. I really believe we need to do some research there.”
I suggested it sounded like a Ghostbusters type of situation and he seemed to agree.
“It has a real Ghostbuster look to it,” Maddon said. “We’re going to look for the paranormal kind of activity, we’ll get the little meters out, the ghost meters out, the next time we come here, and we’ll see if we can eradicate it somehow.”
With or without the presence of ectoplasm, Maddon is prepared to take drastic measures the next time the Rays visit, which Maddon said he hopes is in the playoffs. I’m sure the Indians hope that, too.
“We’ve definitely got to come with a different plan next time,” said Maddon, “whether it’s candles, holy water—something.”