Maddon, who in the past has brought a python, penguins and a magician into the clubhouse, invited 77-year-old tribal elder Bobby Henry to Tropicana Field yesterday to give the team, well, a ray of hope.
"We just turned him loose on the Trop," Maddon said.
Maddon talked about Henry's "supernatural powers," specifically when it comes to making it rain.
But, Skip, you guys play indoors.
"If it rains in the Trop, I'll be really impressed. That will be his best moment ever," he told reporters.
There was no rain inside the dome, but a heavy downpour did begin outside Tropicana Field soon after Henry's visit, which the team noted on its Twitter account.
The Rays have lost 13 of 14 and are 17 games under .500 for the first time since the end of 2007, the final year they were known as the Devil Rays. Maybe taking the Devil out of Tampa Bay wasn't a such bad idea. They faced the Phillies in the World Series the next year.
The results were not immediate yesterday. Tampa was shut out for the second straight game, losing to Seattle, 3-0.
OK, Phillies, the next move is yours. Signing Nate Spears to a minor league contract? Nope, not a good start.