Before tonight’s game, Jerry Manuel held a fifteen minute team meeting. I really can’t blame Manuel for making this decision.
He is in a tough spot. Some of his critics would murder him for not holding a meeting to try to clear the air for his team.
As reported by our own Wendy Adair, there was a bit of an issue in the clubhouse last night that needed to be addressed.
I’m sure Jerry also wanted to take an opportunity to try to motivate his team into playing better baseball.
The problem with the motivational team meeting is it doesn’t really accomplish much. What could Jerry Manuel possibly say that the players don’t already know?
Here’s how I envisioned the way things went.
Jerry Manuel (JM): Well guys. We’re not playing that well right now. But I really believe we’ll be fine. We’ve got a good lineup, now that everyone’s back. Alex. What happened last night?
Alex Cora (AC): I was upset after we lost….AGAIN….and didn’t like the fact that the reporters were laughing in the clubhouse after the game.
JM: What were they laughing about?
AC: I don’t know. Why does it matter?
JM: Was it funny? You know I like a good laugh.
AC: Ask Pelf. He was talking to them.
Mike Pelfrey: Yeah, it was pretty funny skip. We were quoting movie lines from A League Of Their Own. Mike Puma does a great Tom Hanks.
JM: Yeah? Which part?
MP: He does the standard “There’s no crying in baseball” bit. But he really has the part nailed when Tom Hanks is complaining to the team owner about having girls instead of ball players. You know? The part where he goes: “BALL PLAYERS?! I don’t have ball players. I’ve got girls! Girls are what you sleep with after the game, not, not what you coach during the game.”
JM: Hahahaha. That’s great Pelf! You’ve got that down pretty well. I love that part.
MP: Thanks skip.
JM: Oh yeah…almost forgot about the meeting. Listen up everybody. We’re fine. I really believe we’re going to turn this thing around. Luis you’re gonna get some rest tonight. Rod, you’re catching Niese. Go get em fellas!
Well. I guess we’ll see if this works.