I was at work all day, zero internet access and no cell phone so I didn’t hear about zum’s game or Melk until driving home. First thing I thought of was Lou Holtz. While I’ve often disagreed with his takes on college football, he is a great motivational guy, and I thought if he could address Giants closed door like bochy did it would sound like this:
“Gentlemen, we have lost a teammate who has helped us get to where we are today, but who can no longer do that and we shall go forward without him. We have recently added Marco and Hunter to our core of men who began in spring training to work toward our goal of finishing the last out in October. We will add a couple more to fill our full complement of the roster, but I’m just here to remind you, this is us.
We’ve fought obstacles since day one and before together, without any help or excuses. We didn’t have full use of freddy, aubrey, or willie and we’ve done just fine while others have been hurt or banged up and not available. We’ve gotten this far by playing smart baseball, picking each other up and sticking together. And that’s the same way we’ll win this thing too.
Two years ago we had an even bigger deficit to overcome at this time, and while we had our ups and downs, prevailed in the end. Whatever roadblocks are in our path, we’ll go over them, around them or smash right through them to reach our goal, by everyone doing whatever is in their power to help the team win. No one believed in us then, but outside of this room I don’t care who believes in us now. This is what you live for, to see who can come out ahead in the end of a heated pennant race, best team wins and tastes the champagne. Let’s prove em all wrong again.”