Damon leads players-only meeting after 6th straight loss
Veteran OF Johnny Damon lead a brief players-only meeting after the Rays extended their season-opening losing streak to 0-6.
Damon didn't talk for long, and he wasn't the only one, as Felipe Lopez also spoke up, in stressing to the others to stay positive.
"We just talked amongst ourselves to make sure we stay together,'' Damon said. "This is not what we envisioned where we were going to be at this point. We can either sulk about it or embrace it and say, we have to get better. We have to forget about all this that happened. 0-6, it stinks, we hate to be in this position, but it's not the end of the world. We know we have to go out and start winning games and we feel like once we do and once we get that and try not to put so much pressure on ourselves we can start to roll. And we keep saying hopefully sooner than later. ...
"We're in this together. There's not going to be any separation of why aren't the hitters hitting. No, we're together in this. We're 0-6 together. And now it's time for us to win some games together.''
With Damon among the coldest hitters they have (1-for-19, .053) they did specifically addressed the lack of offense.
"It's real miserable because we feel like our pitchers have been doing a good-enough job to get victories,'' Damon said. "We did have a little talk after, the players, and commended the pitchers for doing this. I've never seen six guys as cold as we've been doing (not counting Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist). ... You just never see that. I don't think we've got a bloop hit or a broken bat hit. There's been nothing like that.''