Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was in a playful mood following his team’s dominating victory over their division rival last night and decided to take it to the phone lines to jokingly call into “Jays Talk”.
Mike Wilner who is the host of Jays Talk and is affectionately known as a Blue Jays homer too many of his listeners across Canada. However, before yesterday’s contest, Wilner questioned the manager’s decision to start backup catcher Luke Maile over Russell Martin in a pivotal match-up versus the Yankees.
The decision was a mute point as the Blue Jays trounced the Yanks 7-1 and did not require the services of Martin to secure the win. Maile was insignificant in the victory going 0-3 with a walk in his second game since being summoned from Buffalo.
Following the contest, Gibby being the jokester that he is called into the “Jays Talk” show in an attempt to disguise himself as a regular caller on-air. Wilner caught onto the prank early on and rolled with the punches from the skipper.
Gibby said he thought Maile did a great job and then asked about free tickets, the shows ratings and the bozo’s who call it in a hilarious piece that made for radio gold from the Blue Jays manager.
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Chances are you would not get this type of banter from the Jays manager a week or so ago, however, winning makes everything better. The Jays are in the midst of a mini three-game winning streak and are starting to show signs of life of late.
Gibby has a knack for keeping things loose and on and even keel in the clubhouse and with his players. These are the type of qualities that sometimes go unnoticed when fans are criticizing him for the lack of small ball during a game.
The Jays skipper is one of a kind and a great asset to this organization, keep it up Gibby, you have our attention.