On Sunday the Rays lost to the Indians, dropping their record to 16-22 — good enough for last place in the American League East. Tampa, a trendy World Series pick by
idiots people like myself, has been hampered by injuries to starters Alex Cobb and Matt Moore, which have decimated their rotation. There’s already even some chatter Tampa would be wise to move pending free-agent David Price before July.
Fear not Rays fans, Quirky Joe Maddon(*) has cooked up a plan to snap the Rays out of the doldrums: a Woodstock theme for its West Coast road trip this week in Los Angeles and Seattle. The tie-in here? Seattle is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix.
Clearly nothing resonates more with current professional athletes than a music festival from 1969.
Well … not exactly, via the Tampa Bay Tribune:
No Rays player was alive during Woodstock and many didn’t grasp the meaning of the road trip.
“I think I kind of know what it was about,’’ RHP Jeremy Hellickson said.
If any of the Rays players or staff watched Sunday night’s episode of Mad Men during their flight while wearing their hippie gear, did it create some sort of Inception-like event? Baseball, specifically the Mets, were a plot point in last week’s episode, after all.
(*) Is that Maddon above or a Joe Walsh body double?