The Jays’ season ticket holders’ event, dubbed the State Of The Franchise, took place last night, and if you don’t follow me on Twitter, you probably have no clue what I thought of the deal, seeing as I, apparently, have no earthly idea how to properly use CoverItLive, meaning the little live tweet window I setup in the post below hit whatever capacity limit they have in a matter of minutes.
Not that my thoughts matter anyway– the only things you couldn’t have got elsewhere were a bunch of half-jokes and typos– but apologies for that not going as smoothly as I’d hoped.
Or… well, OK, maybe this one thought kinda matters:
Everything Gibbons says still sounds to me like coked out Ray Liotta explaining to his brother to keep stirring the sauce. GibbyTheBest.
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) February 5, 2013
Seriously. I know a lot of people really didn’t like him much the first time– though you wouldn’t have known it from the crowd’s reaction– but for me, having John Gibbons, who was in the house last night, back with the club is genuinely almost as awesome as the thought of actually getting to watch R.A. Dickey work his magic, up close, once every five days. This honestly can’t be stated enough.
I can’t say I feel the same way about the club’s latest retread, though. New radio broadcaster Jack Morris was in attendance as well, and he addressed the crowd after an introduction that lavished him with accolades, including– amazingly– the fact that he sports a career 3.90 ERA, which I’m sure they would have also pointed out is literally a half run higher than the next-worst full time starter to have ever been elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, if… y’know… they’d had time.
But on stage on this night Morris wasn’t nearly as offensive as just about anybody who had the misfortune of running into him during his playing days will tell you– I have no idea what he even said, to be honest– and neither were any of the answers to the pre-screened questions fielded by Gibbons, Paul Beeston and Alex Anthopoulos– save perhaps Paul Beeston’s bizarre defence of his buddy Bud’s scheme to make the All-Star Game meaningful, and the idea put forth by Buck Martinez (that the winning league determines whether the DH is used in the World Series at all or not) that would make it even worse.
Beeston said the goal is to bring grass into the Rogers Centre from March through October, Gibbons said he wants Morrow to follow Dickey in the rotation and Romero to be the five, Martinez pretended that the club landed veteran scrub Mark DeRosa, and Anthopoulos said the only competitions at camp will be at second base, backup catcher, and for the last spots in the bullpen.
Thanks to the scripted questions, that was really about it, as far as newsworthiness goes– unless you really want to count Beeston’s admission that it’s likely ticket prices will eventually go up as a shocker– with the rest of the event being essentially a beer- and food-fuelled love-fest on a much more packed Rogers Centre concourse than last year’s.
At least, I think that’s how the rest of it went down. The beer flowed like wine, I tell you what.
Shit, fans were still so over the moon about what transpired this winter that even the predetermined question thing– and the absence of the freewheelin’ Paul Beeston that it caused– didn’t really cause a stir. In fact, with the Melky Cabrera stuff that’s been in the news lately, I can almost not blame them for doing it. And Anthopoulos did field a question about Cabrera’s presence on the roster, and his PED usage– albeit one that oddly included R.A. Dickey’s age among the griping, which set Alex up for a perfect laugh line that softened the room, which I’m sure was totally not why that particular version of the Melky question was selected. *COUGH*
But credit to Anthopoulos, as he went straight to the nut of the issue, explaining “he’ll help us win games,” before veering off into what’s become his normal spiel about second chances. I mean… who could complain?
Can’t complain about this, either:
@andrewstoeten spoke to beeston tonight.Windows is losing its windows.Becoming open porch that all fans can walk through.
— G.TAdross (@GTAdross) February 6, 2013
Right? Sure. That sounds cool. Fuck, everything sounds pretty damn cool when you’re plied with free beer and thoughts of a winning team pushing attendance up by maybe as much as a million. So… yeah. It was a pretty good night. Nice to meet and reconnect with some people from the interwebs, too. Which… I think I did. Didn’t I?