Maybe all this anemia is just some sinister ploy to get an outdoor stadium in the sweltering Tampa sun. (Joe is kidding, of course.)
But that’s what fans of the 0-6 Rays have been reduced to at this point – and Rays announcers – making jokes.
At least the Rays aren’t trying too hard anymore, which was the previous excuse du jour. Today, Twittered Joe Maddon, they “weren’t pressing.”
Edwin had better command today then in his no-hitter against us last year. We weren’t pressing, he was that good. We will work thru this.
Uh, didn’t David Price look like he was pressing?
For those who might have read Keith Hernandez’s classic If At First, back in the 1970s and early 80s a slump like this would have led some players’ to consume massive quantities of alcohol tonight and/or an 8-ball of cocaine.
Or there’s always the renowned Mark Grace slump buster method. And Joe suspects there’s plenty of 230-pound women in the neighborhoods around
U.S. Cellular Field Comiskey Park to oblige.
Something out of the box has to be done, whether Maddon wants to buy into that or not. His men can’t hit, can’t throw out a runner, and look like a team playing out the string in September.
The genius who rolled out Brayzers and all sorts of other unifying shenanigans has got to have something in the computer that addresses 0-6.
Staying the course feels like grave digging about now.