Win or lose, the Tampa Bay Rays were going to party.
Little had gone right for manager Joe Maddon's team since Aug. 25. Before Tuesday, they had lost eight of nine games, including the first four of a 10-game West Coast swing. Once close with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, they had fallen to 5 games back of the division lead.
Even their wild-card chances included greater doubt, with their edge over the Baltimore Orioles for the second spot shrinking to two games.
Monday, an 11-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels was notably rough, with the Rays being outhit 16-6. So Maddon decided to act: After their game Tuesday at Angel Stadium, regardless of the outcome, the Rays would hold a "Win or Weep" postgame party at a sports bar in Long Beach, Calif., to conjure some good vibes.
Fortunately for Tampa Bay, the result on the field was positive. The Rays routed the Angels 7-1, snapping their five-game losing streak. According to the Tampa Bay Times, players boarded a b...