What turned it around for the Red Sox after Josh Beckett's Thursday Night Nightmare and epic fail against the Indians on May 10?
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, David Ortiz called a players-only meeting before the next day's game during which "the hitters challenged the pitchers" to step things up.
The revelation of the meeting came to light during Saturday night's telecast of the Red Sox-Phillies game from Philadelphia. Rosenthal said the "meeting grew heated" and that the overall theme of the meeting was "taking responsibility" and that it "cleared the air."
The Red Sox won five straight in the wake of the reported meeting and six of eight heading into Saturday night's affair.
Given how well the team played following its internal rap session (as opposed to Bobby V.'s "Nightly Wrap"), you have to wonder what took so long? Facing the Indians and Mariners probably didn't hurt either. But this certainly reinforces the notion that the players are running things in the Red Sox clubhouse. Bet the affair wasn't catered by Popeye's.
When can we get a transcript?
Update: Here's a no-so-exclusive video of what could have been the meeting. (Is that Beckett in the cowboy hat?):
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