Blue Jays’ Devon Travis gives unwavering support for John Gibbons

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Manager John Gibbons
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Manager John Gibbons /

Toronto Blue Jays oft-injured second-baseman and all-around nice guy Devon Travis appeared on the “Blue Jay A Day Pre Game Show” with Mike Wilner yesterday before Game Three of the ALDS to talk about all things baseball.

Devon Travis gave a positive prognosis on his recovery from his knee injury and appears motivated to put the injury behind him and finally remain healthy for an entire season. Listeners were able to call in and ask Devo questions which prompted Travis to divulge that he struggles most versus C.C. Sabathia of the Yankees and grew up emulating Chipper Jones in Atlanta.

Wilner confirmed Travis was 1 for 20 in his career against Sabathia but that he has enjoyed success versus the likes of David Price and Zach Britton. The always likable Travis had an explanation for his success stating “you need deep prayers before you go up to the plate against a lot of these guys”.

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Travis entertained a call from one specific listener named Grant in Toronto that specifically peaked my interest. The caller peppered Devo with a question about his concerns with Manager John Gibbons at the helm. Obviously, I did not expect Travis to bash his manager but the answer was well thought and sums up exactly why the criticism toward him is unjustified at times.

Travis gave full marks and unwavering support for his skipper saying:

"” I think we all know that the easiest person to point fingers at when things go wrong is the manager and that you know that comes along with his job and I understand that. However to me, Gibby is the coolest manager that I have played forever, he always has your back. If you make a mistake, he is not afraid to let you know, but outside of that he treats everyone like people, like grown men and he knows when we walk inside of this locker room there is business to take of and when we step onto the field he believes that we put in all the work and we did all the preparation to go out there and perform and represent the Toronto Blue Jays to the best of our capability and you know anything that goes wrong out on that field it’s on the players, it’s on us. The reason why we didn’t make the playoffs this year is on us, its all on the players. “"

Travis continued showering Gibby with compliments on the way he handles the various personalities within the Jays clubhouse.

"“Like I said, I get why that it’s easy to point fingers at Gibby but I think if anybody sat down and had a conversation with Gibby or sat with him in the locker room and watched how he went about his business or watch how he handles the players throughout the locker room, I don’t think there is a better personality to handle all the personalities in a big league locker room.”"

You can listen to the interview in its entirety HERE.

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There is nobody easier to root for in the majors than Devon Travis, a genuine human being, an absolute asset to the Blue Jays. Let’s pray the baseball gods shine down on Devo in 2018 and he can once and for all put these nagging injuries in the rearview mirror.