The Toronto Blue Jays have been an interesting team to watch this season, from the highs of winning close games and setting franchise records to also the lows, getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels at home during the 1992 World Series celebrations and a west coast road trip that led to manager Charlie Montoyo being let go.
While this has been happening on the field, Blue Jays fans have also been experiencing another kind of excitement off the field in the form of former manager John Gibbons joining Twitter (@johngibbons05) back in mid-August.
This might not seem like the biggest news to some, but considering the outspoken former manager has joined the social media site, his interactions with fans and comments regarding the team have been absolutely fantastic to watch over the last month.
Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays in two separate stints from 2004 to 2008 and from 2013 to 2018, joined Twitter back on August 20th, welcoming people to his channel with various memorabilia strewn across his back wall as he talked to the camera, “Guess what, I am getting on Twitter and I am going to do some Twittering.”
The Montana-born Gibbons mentioned his intentions, stating, “I wanna talk some baseball, ins and outs of it, the clubhouse, the managers moves, the pennant races, I love it, just like all you guys do.”
Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joins social media
So far, Gibbons has done just that, showing his support behind the current Blue Jays like Alek Manoah and Jordan Romano while even connecting with former pitcher Marcus Stroman, who wanted his former manager to come out to Toronto when the Cubs visited the Blue Jays earlier this year.
Residing in Texas, Gibbons continues to show his support for the Jays and their fans, answering fans’ questions and interacting with pretty much everyone on the platform.
What’s next for John Gibbons you might ask?
Well for starters, his new podcast, The Gibby Show, airs today for the first time and he will be having former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson on as a guest. I would highly recommend checking that out wherever you get your podcasts from as the trailer for the show looks like it will be a down to Earth type of conversation with various baseball personalities.
Something to look forward to next year is his new book as well, “Gibby: Tales of a Baseball Lifer“, as he wrote the memoir with Greg Oliver and is being published by ECW. It is currently scheduled for release on April 3rd, 2023.
I can certainly say John Gibbons joining social media (he even has an Instagram account and fans can purchase customized videos via his memmo link) has been fantastic to see and I especially like the way he interacts with Blue Jays fans and offers his own insight into different situations or players on the team.
The last stretch of the season and the offseason rumour mill will definitely be entertaining with Gibbons on Twitter, that’s for sure.