Mets call team meeting after four-game skid
WASHINGTON -- After a four-game losing streak and a franchise-record 10 errors in two ghastly games, the New York Mets held a closed-door team meeting before Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Mets manager Willie Randolph said that some of his players came to him and asked to address the team. Randolph said he talked to his team "briefly" on Tuesday, then left the players alone when he came out to speak to the media.
Players declined to discuss the meeting when they took the field for pre-game warmups, but Tom Glavine said earlier in the day that he might ask a few veterans to talk to the team.
"If we have a meeting, it doesn't mean we're going to go out and win the next 12 games," Glavine said. "Sometimes, during the course of a season, it doesn't hurt to get guys together and remind them of some things.
"We're a better team than we've looked the past couple of days. But when you don't play good defense, it looks a lot uglier than it really is."
The 41-year-old Glavine, who has won 303 games and been to the postseason 12 times, said he wouldn't have been surprised if Randolph called the team out for its recent performance.
"I don't think anybody would say he's panicking," Glavine said. "Anybody with half a brain would say we've been horrible. An outburst of any nature would have been justified."
Before Tuesday night's game, Randolph got defensive when he was asked about his seemingly calm public demeanor during his team's losing streak.
"I'm the total opposite of what you might see," Randolph said. "I'm very passionate. I'm very, very fiery when I talk to my players.
"[But] there is a calm. There is a feeling of wellness even though it doesn't look that way."
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