(Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
Monday night was supposed to be the night that turned the 2013 Yankee season around. At least that was the narrative we were expected to believe after Dan Barbarisi posted his story on Monday night's postgame closed-door meeting. There were words like "fun," "energy," and "intensity," and the obligatory "our postseason starts now" message was thrown out there. The team didn't want to fall into a pattern of accepting the losing culture that has defined them since about mid-May. They had to come together, they had to stay positive, and they had to start turning things around towards a playoff push Tuesday night.
The reality is that this team was dead where it stood and has been for some time. The fact that a team meeting was called to rally the troops and get some positive vibes going served only to confirm that previous sentence. I can't remember who said it, but I remember hearing a player once sum up team meetings like this perfectly: "Winners win. Losers meet." When it's reached the point where everybody in the clubhouse is unspokenly aware that they've become losers and a meeting has to be called to address it, it's already too late. Hell, an unnamed player in Barbarisi's story practically admitted that when he spoke to him.