I feel I must preface this post by saying that I haven’t heard the source material myself, and am simply relaying second-hand information being tweeted by @GSJays. Which isn’t to say I think he’s making it up, I just want to be clear about that, and the fact that any interpretation of the tone of the comments (I’m thinking of words like “hated” and “horribly” when I say this) is his and not mine.
Now, with that out of the way, Matt Stairs, everybody!
So Matt Stairs loves Travis Snider..Cito not so much
— GSJays (@GSJays) March 20, 2012
Matt Stairs loves Travis Snider.In his XM broadcast Stairs said Snider has the most power he’s ever seen to opposite field.(cont) — GSJays (@GSJays) March 20, 2012
Stairs said Cito hated Snider and treated him horribly..Snider had to look over his shoulder and watch his back. no one protected him. — GSJays (@GSJays) March 20, 2012
Stairs claim the Jays need to stop lying to Snider, put him in left field and give him the 550 at bats they promised 3-4 times or trade him — GSJays (@GSJays) March 20, 2012
So… there’s that.
It all kind of makes sense, of course. I mean, it’s not an entirely surprising sentiment for a Jays player from that era to have, though it’s a little surprising to hear it supposedly expressed. And Stairs is pretty much exactly bang on when it comes to the approach the Jays should finally take with their once ridiculously-elite prospect. It’s just… at the same time, I kinda really want to hear the XM radio interview clip for myself before getting too worked up about it. (Anybody? Li’l help?)
Even then, it’s kinda old news. Cito got away with a lot of absolute ridiculousness, because he’s Cito. We know.
Update: Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter caught the segment as well, and relays the information as well, in a slightly less incendiary way.