The loss, coupled with the antics, did not sit well with the Phillies organization as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel held a closed-door team meeting before yesterday's series finale. It did not go over well with the players. Cliff Lee said (via Todd Zolecki),
"I'm not doing the in-game interview today," Cliff Lee barked at a Phillies media relations staff member beforehand in front of a MLB.com reporter. "If they're going to get mad about that, we're not doing them anymore."
Based on what Delmon Young told NJ.com, he didn't seem to find any use for the meeting either. "The rah-rah crap only works in the movies. It doesn't matter what you say. The good clubs are going to go out and win ball games," said Young.
I don't really have an issue with the team having some fun with Pettibone in the dugout because: A) he wasn't even pitching on Saturday and B) they weren't getting blown out at the time of the interview.
What seems to be the bigger issue here is that it appears that Manuel and Amaro have lost the clubhouse. Cliff Lee is pushing back against management while Delmon Young, to the surprise of no one, is speaking out against the meeting as well. It just makes you wonder if Jonathan Papelbon has a legitimate gripe.
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