The Rays just can't get going.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tale Of The Tape: The Tampa Bay Rays Vs. The Bad News Bears

We all remember the classic film, the Bad News Bears starring Walter Matthau. The film was about an aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer who coaches a team of misfit kids in a super competitive league.

Much like Joe Maddon, coach Morris Buttermaker had been there and done that. Unfortunately for Maddon, he shares another similarity – Buttermaker didn’t have much talent to work with. Injuries, suspensions and a player or two that just isn’t working out seems to have the Rays mired in the cellar of the AL East.

We’ll take a closer look at the unfortunately non-fictional Rays and the fictional Bears and determine which team is more likely to reverse its fortune.

Tampa Bay Rays
The Bad News Bears
Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two
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Winner Joe Maddon has the temperment and experience to win a fight in the AL East even with the Rays' bad luck at an all-time high.
Morris Buttermaker had luck on his side with the daughter of a former girlfriend pitching and a motorcycle punk who just happened to be the best player in the league.
The Homefield Advantage
Winner It's 72 degrees in the Trop all the time - who doesn't love to get out of the Florida heat?
A dilapidated little-league field with no beer guys to be found? No thanks.
The Ace
Winner In Price we trust. 'Nuff said.
Amanda Whurlizer had good stuff, but was she a former Cy Young winner? No she wasn't.

The Winner Is

Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two
Winner Tampa Bay Rays
3 out of 3

Stranger things have happened, but we're always inclined to trust Joe Maddon to right the Rays' ship. He HAS been there, he HAS done that and his unflappable style is the perfect leadership quality required for the job that lay ahead.


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