The Rays cannot erase their double-digit deficit in the standings, the worst record in baseball, in one home stand. They can control their attitude and that's where Joe Maddon sets the tone: realistic, positive as always.
"Yeah, listen there's a high level of accountability while this is all going on, and I really appreciate that,” Maddon says. "They're not pointing fingers. They're saying 'it's my fault' and for those reasons I also think we can get better."
Joe Maddon would like to see the Rays, as he says, "Meatloaf" teams, meaning winning two out of three ain’t bad. But, that will not be enough for the Rays to "Eat Last" - the mantra heading into this season. Winning series might not be enough to land the Rays in the post season.
"Seriously I don't like our record, but I'm finding this very interesting right now. You know we're gonna come out the other side and you want to come out the other side with guys that stick together, don't point fingers, don't abandon the plan and those kind of things. So that part of it's been kind of interesting in a positive way," he said.
Joe Maddon preaches we all learn more during struggles than during successes. The Rays should come out of this with a new level of baseball brilliance.
"If we stick to it, which I believe we will, maybe teach ourselves a pretty good lesson by the end of the year and understand what we're doing even better as we move forward... that's how I look at it."
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