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Trailing Indians 0-2, Red Sox hold team meeting in advance of Sunday’s Game 3

10.08.16 at 4:28 pm ET
John Farrell wants the Red Sox to get back to playing like they have all season. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell wants the Red Sox to get back to playing like they have all season. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

About 24 hours before Game 3 the Red Sox held a team meeting at Fenway Park.

Trailing the Indians 0-2 in a best-of-five series, the Red Sox are one loss away from their season being over. The last thing they want is to be swept.

To get things back on the right track, the team held a meeting Saturday afternoon (players and coaches) with the general message being not to forget what the team accomplished during the season and to start playing like they did over the course of the season. They want to erase the past two games from their minds.

“I think what was discussed a little bit ago was just don’t forget about who we are,” manager John Farrell said. “Don’t forget who you are individually and certainly, what we’ve been as a team. That is where there is a lot of recent history that gives us confidence going into tomorrow.”

Added Clay Buchholz: “It was more of a players meeting. Obviously all the staff was in there, but it was basically a meeting to tell everybody in the clubhouse — the young guys, the veterans that it isn’t about the last two games. Forget about them. Not to worry 24-48 hours ago. That isn’t going to help you moving forward. That was probably the biggest message. Go out and be ourselves. We’re the Boston Red Sox. We know what baseball is about. Our front office and ownership have put a really good team on the field. Up until this point we’ve been a really good baseball team. We won the best division in baseball this year as well. I think that was probably the biggest point, to not forget who we are and play the game.”

The Red Sox have won three of the last six postseason series in which they lost the first two games and in order for it to happen again, it’s going to be because of the team as a whole, not one individual.

“The biggest thing is we have accomplished and experienced everything as a group, everything as a team,” Farrell said. “What we’ve won has been as a team and nights that we don’t, we lose as a team. That meeting included all of us. We’re in this together. We’re in this point being 0-2 not because of one person, area of our team, but collectively. It is going to require that contribution from our group as well to regain some momentum and reverse this. That was something — I think on the flight back last night I’m sure we all shared some similar thoughts individually, and felt it was important to bring those together and not reflect on what has been. We can’t go back there, but yet remain committed on tomorrow.”

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