State of the Rays: Rays need big series against Boston

After a West Coast slump and an 11-15 record in August, the Rays need to win a big series vs. Boston.

— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) September 4, 2013
Win or lose, the Rays would booze.
Kudos to Maddon for drawing from his past to hold a "Win or Weep" party in Long Beach, Calif., following Tampa Bay's 7-1 victory over Los Angeles last Tuesday. The idea is clever, one that promises a good time no matter the outcome. (Who can argue with that?) Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times about "win or weep" dances held after high school football games when he grew up in Hazleton, Pa. Fortunately for the Rays, the party last week included positive vibes after a five-game losing streak became history.  
That news, alone, was worth a cold one for them.

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