PITTSBURGH -- Jerry Narron spent several minutes after the game addressing the team. His summary of his thoughts:
"Itís been a difficult week," said Narron. "I think mentally when you just sit around and you donít know if youíre going to play or the gameís going to get started on time or whatever, we really need to make sure weíre mentally prepared and locked in early in the game. I think thatís something we can do a little better at.
"But I believe in these guys. I know weíve gotten off to a better start than anybody ever expected, and I think a lot of people expect us to fall off the face on the earth. But I believe these guys are going to keep grinding and battling and at some point weíre going to come out of this thing."
The pep-talk was well-received by the players.
"The message was not to panic," said Adam Dunn. "I thought it was an outstanding meeting. There was no yelling, no screaming, just got to the point. It was good that he kind of reassured everything that we believe. Iím not a big meeting guy, but that was a good one."
Added Aaron Harang:
"Itís a definite grind weíve had the last week and a half, where itís been like this every single day. I donít know if itís just wearing on everybody, but I think weíre going to be fine. Weíll come back from this, and I donít think too many of the guys are worried about it. Everybody feels confident in what we have on this team and that we can win. Weíve just got to get that groove rolling again and go with it."