What can you say? Plenty, apparently
This headline on MLB.com says it all: Yanks’ quiet loss spurs loud meeting.
I’d love to be able to tell you exactly what transpired during the 34 minutes that Joe Girardi ordered not just the reporters to stay out of the room, but also the batboys, clubhouse workers and assorted security personnel. I won’t pretend I know exactly what was said. We’ll never have a word-by-word transcript, but you can cobble together a pretty good idea of what this meeting was all about.
This was the red alert, the kick in the rear end that told the Yankees to look up at the calendar. When Darrell Rasner throws the game’s first pitch on Friday afternoon, there will be only 75 full games remaining — 75 games for the Yankees to prove they deserve to be a playoff team. If the season ended today, they wouldn’t even be close to being one of the four American League teams permitted to play in October. It’s the harsh truth.
That’s what Girardi’s meeting was about — not so much an indictment of one game or one performance, though there wasn’t much to speak of in a sleepy 7-0 setback to the Red Sox. This was about the season, and more to the point, the fact that it is slipping away quicker than they anticipated.
Last year, Joe Torre got loud behind closed doors in Toronto and left even some of the veterans feeling embarrassed about the dressing-down they’d been given. That was in May. Girardi has held four meetings by our count (Derek Jeter hints there have been more we don’t know about) and this is by far the most in-your-face, nothing-held-back session so far, from the bits and pieces that were tossed around.
It worked for Torre. Will it work for Girardi? If it does, you’ll look back on July 3 as the day the Yankees’ season turned for the better. If it doesn’t, this will be just a mere footnote in a season that didn’t live up to expectations.