Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By ANDREW ASTLEFORD  |  Last updated 9/4/13
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 bus Maddon that had reserved to drive the team to the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, near where the manager owns a residence. There also was a Twitter invitation for a free beer to anyone who arrived in Rays gear. The idea for the "Win or Weep" party came from Maddon's upbringing in Hazleton, Pa. By late Tuesday, any thoughts of weeping were gone, the Rays were winners again and their losing streak was history. "Hazleton vs. West Hazleton, back in the day, Thanksgiving Day football after the game, there was the Win or Weep Dance," Maddon told the newspaper. "Three years, Hazleton Win Dance." You can follow Andrew Astleford onTwitter @aastleford or email himat aastleford@gmail.com.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adrian Beltre ejected for bizarre on-deck circle incident

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Joe Flacco could miss 3-6 weeks with back injury

When will it be OK to worry about Clayton Kershaw?

Boom or bust players for each NFL team in 2017

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lucky Whitehead reportedly claimed by Jets

Reasons for concern with Kyrie Irving's game

Texans have been ‘blown away’ by Deshaun Watson

Floyd Mayweather is recruiting Nate Diaz to be in his fight corner vs Conor McGregor

Ivy League-educated ex-NFLer questions recent CTE study

Timberwolves seriously exploring Kyrie Irving trade

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker