No, this doesn’t fix the entirety of the Blue Jays’ problems, but it had to be done. As others have said from a public relations standpoint, the team had no choice. Jays Talk Callers everywhere were fed up with Ricciardi, mainly, it seems, because his “five-year plan” had turned into some sort of infinite-year plan. The fact that this eventually led to the smallest crowds in the history of the Dome probably removed any doubt about J.P.’s fate.
Personally, I’m hoping Bob McCown’s crazy idea wasn’t so crazy. I’m hoping this is the first step in the $130-million payroll that Pat Gillick is going to have when he returns to run the team in what Squizz calls “Gillick Redux.”
But those are just pipe dreams right now.
For now, let’s just be happy that the team seems to be doing something. It’s a big step up from the nothing that preceded it.
And now, for posterity, the two quotes by which I’ll remember J.P.:
Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much? Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? … I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here.
It’s not a lie if we know the truth.