Blue Jays: Top 10 John Gibbons Moments

Apr 6, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) reacts before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) reacts before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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10. Gibby brushes off suspension

After a brawl broke out in May 2016, John Gibbons was ejected from the game. However after being ejected Gibbons came back on the field, which led to the Blue Jays skipper receiving a three-game suspension from the MLB.

While he was obviously not happy about being away from the team, Gibby couldn’t help but find the positive side of his suspension. Gibbons ecstatically said, “I get three nights off,” and that he will sit back, relax and enjoy the game from the stands. Later Gibbons stated that he might watch the Raptors game while he was suspended, leading to laughs from both Gibby and the media scrum.

Who knows if Gibby actually skipped out on watching his team in favour of watching the Raptors in the playoffs? While it is doubtful that he chose the Raptors over the Blue Jays, Gibby still gave us all a laugh by brushing off his suspension in a comical way.

9. “Are We Trying To Turn This Game Into a Joke?”

In a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays were down 3-2 in the ninth inning and were beginning to rally. With one out and the bases loaded, former Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion stepped up to the plate. Encarnacion chopped a ground ball to third, and began to hustle down the first base line. Jose Bautista, who was on first base, was also hustling to try and break up the double play. Bautista did just that by sliding into second, causing an errant throw that allowed one run at the minimum to score.

However the play was reviewed, and it was ruled that Bautista slid into second base illegally, which led to both the third out and a run being taken away, thus giving the Rays the win.

Gibbons was not all that pleased about the call, as he went on to call out the league on their rule change, asking if the league was, “trying to turn the game into a joke’. Gibbons also called it an embarrassment, among other comments that can be heard in the video below.

While Gibby is usually as laid back as they come, it was nice to see him show some fire and give the league his two cents on the matter. In the eyes of Gibbons, a game should never end with such a controversial call, and he let the league know about it.