Today’s news, PI bit
The M’s had a closed team meeting. From the PI:
Second baseman Bret Boone, with the permission of manager Mike Hargrove, called a “players-only” meeting to see if there isn’t some way to turn around the team’s slow start.
“It was time,” Boone said. “Enough is enough. Guys talked, said what they had to say.”
Bret Boone enters the clubhouse.
Boone: Okay, I”ve talked to Grove-y, he’s given me permission to hold a team meeting.
Boone: We need to find a way out of this slump. Anything you have to say, let’s hear it.
Boone: Okay, I’ll start. Adrian, stop swinging for low, outside pitches you can’t hit.
Beltre: Why don’t you stop swinging at pitches over your head, little guy? At least I play defense.
Boone: Good, good, let’s get it all out there. Wilson, you want one of the big boys to show you what to do with that wood thing in your hands?
Valdez: I’ll show you what to do–
Really, what could have come of this? Let’s come up with some ideas for how we can turn this thing around. How abouuuuuttt… playing better? Can that kind of thing be turned on and off in a player meeting?
I have to admit that I’m happy to learn that at least someone cares that they’re playing this badly.
In this week’s PI bit, I check out the pitching to see which starter’s most likely to get axed.