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A pre-game meeting and a Saturday night lineup

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm with 4 Comments »
June 30, 2012 5:34 pm

After pondering the Seattle Mariners two-hit loss a night earlier, manager Eric Wedge called a team meeting tonight at 4 p.m., and when players emerged 22 minutes later they certainly understood what he expected of them.

“ Last night was unacceptable. Your bad can only be so bad, and we were beyond that. I told them what should be important to them, and what shouldn’t be,” Wedge said.

“Whether you’re a young player or an older veteran, a guy playing every day or a reserve, we’re going to find out who wants to be part of this. You play as if every game was the last one – and some of these guys should be playing as if it could be their last game.”

Wedge didn’t publicly call anyone out, but made it clear he expected much more from his team than he’s seen in this home stand.

“I didn’t drag my butt all the way out here to fail. We will get it done. We will become a championship team,” Wedge said. “When we get to the point where we’re winning more games than we lose, the fans will support us and, economically, we’ll be able to keep the players we want. We won’t have to blow it up like we did in Cleveland.

“The bottom line? What we do here is important. If this isn’t one of the three most important things in your life, you should be doing something else.”

A few Mariners – shortstop Brendan Ryan, C Jesus Montero – will be sitting tonight while anoher, OF Michael Saunders, is still battling flu-like symptoms. He could play late in the game, Wedge said, and is expected to start tomorrow.

Here’s the lineup vs. Boston RHP Josh Beckett:

Ichiro Suzuki         RF
Casper Wells              CF
Kyle Seager          3B
John Jaso            DH
Justin Smoak          1B
Dustin Ackley         2B
Miguel Olivo              C
Chone Figgins         LF
Munenori Kawasaki      SS
Erasmo Ramirez            RHP

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. bbnate420 says:

    Looks like another shut out. Possibly no hit. But hey, at least one or two batters, “hit a ball hard right at someone” as Blowers would say. ;-)

  2. bbnate420 says:

    By the way, pretty pathetic when it sounds like a Boston home game.

  3. abugman says:

    If you watched the game on Root Sports, you got to se all the reasons the M’s can’t hit at home. The weather all the other excuses. It was kind of sad. Guess they’re going to have to blow it up and rebuild the King Dome. At least they could hit there.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    Just move in the fences. Never going to be a hitters park but, at least make it somewhere closer to average and maybe get it out of the hitters heads.

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