From my friend Dan Barbarisi at the Wall Street Journal: The Yankees held a closed-door, team meeting on Monday to discuss the state of this season and this team.
“It was really about not accepting losing,” one player told the Wall Street Journal.
According to Barbarisi, at least three people spoke during the meeting: Manager Joe Girardi, captain Derek Jeter and all-star Robinson Cano.
“This meeting yesterday, it was to make sure that we’re all together, working toward that goal, and not getting off track and saying, ‘(losing) is going to be how it is,’” one veteran player explained. “If we start thinking bad thoughts, we’re not going to be successful. I think we kind of got a little bit of that, where we started feeling sorry for ourselves, and we can’t do that, because then it doesn’t work.”
Clearly the Yankees season has gone off the rails quite a bit, and with Alex Rodriguez’s return the attention has only intensified. Players made it clear to Barbarisi that distractions were not the issue or the cause of the meeting. It was all about winning.
Really nice work by Barbarisi. Click the link about and check out the full story.
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