Via Dan Barbarisi: The Yankees held a closed-door team meeting following Monday’s loss to make sure everyone knew losing should not become part of the clubhouse culture. “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. 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,” said one veteran player.
Joe Girardi, Robinson Cano, and Derek Jeter spoke at the meeting. The message was “the playoffs start today” and “we need to ratchet up the intensity level down the stretch,” more or less. Pretty typical team meeting stuff, really. These meetings always seem to get overblown and they rarely make a difference. Example: last night’s loss. The Yankees are not losing because they’ve adapted that kind of mentality in the clubhouse. They losing because they just aren’t all that good.