The Yankees closed the clubhouse doors on Monday for a team meeting according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal. The meeting wasn’t so much about deflecting the A-Rod noise, but rather to get the message across that losing won’t be accepted anymore.
Manager Joe Girardi, injured captain Derek Jeter and second baseman Robinson Cano all spoke, addressing the team and making a point that the playoffs have already begun; every game is do or die.
“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 said. “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.”
The message was also conveyed that the Yankees need to get back that intensity that got them off to such a good start in the beg...