The hitters knew that they were struggling, their energy was low and their chances of October were waning. With that hanging over their heads, some of the Yankees hitters called a meeting before yesterday’s 3-0 win where they “cleared the air”. So Brett Gardner, what did the Yankees talk about during their meeting?
“I just told Derek [Jeter] how much I didn’t like him.”
Okay, so Gardner was making a joke about his good friend and teammate, but the real reason they “cleared the air” was to all get on the same page offensively. The two Yankees most vocal during the meeting were Gardner and Chase Headley (who revealed there was a meeting to the media in the first place), but they both wouldn’t disclose who called the meeting. They did say there were coaches present and they all seemed to have the same objectives.
“Just some of the position players got together and said enough is enough, and let’s go,” Headley said. “… It was just, let’s get on the same page and let’s go. I know everybody wants to win, everybody’s working, everybody’s doing the right things. You need that little extra sometimes and I think sometimes those little discussions – I don’t know if you’d really call it a meeting – but getting those guys together and getting guys on the same page can go a long ways.”
The meeting did seem to help the Yankees score more than two runs (they scored three or as Suzyn Waldman put it, ‘a present for Christmas’), but did Gardner think the meeting was necessary?
“I don’t think it ever hurts,” Gardner said. “At this point, we’re trying to mix things up a little bit. … A lot of guys talked. It was good. Hopefully a game like today kind of gets us going a little bit and we can carry that momentum over into the weekend.”
There’s no denying the Yankees needed a big push going into this weekend and this meeting was kind of a way to snap everyone back into focus and keep their eye on the second Wild Card. Hopefully, this meeting helps them accomplish just that.