Can This Seminole Medicine Man Help the Tampa Bay Rays?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 11th, 2014 Last Updated on: June 11th, 2014

Things have not been looking great for Major League Baseball team Tampa Bay Rays. In fact they've lost the last 12 out of 13 games, earning them one of the worst records. Team manager Joe Maddon thinks that this could all turn around with the help of a local Seminole medicine man Bobby Henry.

Photo via Seminole Tribune

Photo via Seminole Tribune

According to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune, Maddon invited the tribal elder to visit Tropicana Field to see if he could help turn things around for the troubled team.

Henry arrived Monday morning and walked around the field. He spent time sitting in the Rays clubhouse and in the Rays dugout.

“That field, not so bad. I walked around. … I don’t think it’s real bad, you know? We just have to open, just key opening and let them (bad spirits) out,” Henry said.

The Seminole Tribune had a wonderful article on Bobby Henry from 2012.

“Bobby Henry is the main medicine man,” said Seminole Chairman James E. Billie, who sent Bobby to the funerals of non-Seminole friends to attend their “crossover” journeys. “When he shows up at your event, or anywhere he is around, everyone whispers and nods towards him. Everyone is impressed. Bobby Henry is powerful and very respected by all Indians. Bobby is the most famous medicine man in the world.”

So will Henry's visit work? Only time will tell.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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