"Blasted" is how the Associated Press described Mariners manager Eric Wedge's postgame speech to the team after Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, which extended the team's losing streak to 12 games.
The Mariners locked the door to their clubhouse after the game as Wedge blasted his struggling team, telling them to toughen up.
"We've got to get tougher," an exasperated Wedge told reporters. "This game will eat you up if you don't get tougher. They fought back today, but we've got to do a better job from inning to inning.
"A lot of these guys are getting eaten up right now," Wedge added. "We can't give in, we can't keep pouting about it and we damn sure can't quit. You've got to just keep going, and you've got to be tough enough when you're doing that."
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Shortstop Brendan Ryan said Wedge's speech was pointed and direct.
"He doesn't waste his words," Ryan said. "When he says something, he means it and there's something behind it."
Catcher Miguel Olivo had no problem with his manager's postgame address.
"We need to step up a little more," Olivo said. "Everything he said is true."
The Mariners have not won since beating the Athletics in Oakland on July 5. It's Seattle longest losing streak since dropping 12 straight from Sept. 11-22, 2008.
"I don't want to say it's embarrassing, but I don't even know how many in a row it is now," Ryan said. "This is ridiculous."