TORONTO - Three Blue Jays sat down to talk Monday night.
Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa talked into Tuesday morn about what had unfolded in the team’s series-opening 14-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s the way players talked in the old days.
The game Monday was bug ugly.
The Blue Jays gave up 16 hits and eight walks. There were five errors leading to three unearned runs, and plenty of mental mistakes. With the loss, the Jays, last in the AL East, had dropped 17 of their previous 24.
So, at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, the doors to the clubhouse were closed as Jays had a 70-minute players-only meeting, according to official Olympic Omega watch timing. Support staff, clubhouse attendants and coaches were asked to leave.
“We can’t go on like this,” one player said during batting practice, “we still have 63 games remaining.”