Veterans Cliff Lee and Milton Bradley called a players-only post-game meeting last night, and after 30 minutes of talk the clubhouse opened.
Did a new Seattle Mariners team emerge?
Probably not, but there's a chance the meeting hit home with the players because they talked about respecting the game, accountability, preparation, committment ...
And some issues got addressed. Since the departure of Ken Griffey Jr., for instance, there's been a belief among some players - planted before Junior's abrupt departure - that Don Wakamatsu somehow forced him out out.
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Without taking signs, Bradley made a point: "Griffey's gone, and he' ain't coming back. It’s up to us to turn this around."
Bradley then opened up to his team.
“I’m one of the veterans here. I’ve probably been one of the distractions. Last year (in Chicago), I brought the team down I was so miserable. This year, I’m not hitting my weight, and that’s not me. What we have to avoid – all of us – is finding the problems and not the solutions.”
We'll see how it plays today. Here's Wakamatsu's lineup for Game 63:
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Milton Bradley, LF
- Josh Wilson, SS
- Mike Carp, 1B
- Rob Johnson, C
- Felix Hernandez, P