The meeting couldn’t have taken more than three minutes, according to people in the clubhouse on Friday night, shortly after the Yankees looked lifeless in a deflating loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Manager Joe Girardi was the only person to speak, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting, who requested anonymity so they could speak candidly. He took on a reassuring tone, appearing to one observer to be “rather relaxed.” He wanted only for his team to follow his lead — to relax.
The meeting obviously didn’t do much (what is a three-minute meeting really going to do?) because the Yankees came a bases loaded walk and an error away from getting swept over Labor Day weekend.