A weird thing happened. Two weeks ago, the Tampa Bay Rays were on top of the world. They were the cute story of baseball’s first half – even getting a bandwagon all to themselves. This latest development made me gag, but before I was even done heaving, something had changed. The Rays seven-game winning streak didn’t just end; it got obliterated. Tampa Bay limped into the All-Star break like Lieutenant Dan, losing not only seven games in a row – but also the lead in the AL East. In the middle of this unpredictable slump, I tried to figure out what had changed. My father had a pretty good suggestion – so let me share a short fable with you.