Gibbons, come on, man, you can’t leave the desk like that!
In anticipation of the hoopla over the weekend, I was saving this one as on last kick in the ass on the way out of town for the Senator from Massachusetts, John Farrell, but… since the series against the Red Sox didn’t quite work out the way anyone outside of Greater Massholia had hoped, it didn’t seem real appropriate to post it. Today, though, I think we’re all safely calmed, ready for the Detroit Tigers, and ready to hear how, on an episode of Tim and Sid last week, J.P. Arencibia compared the communication the club received from ol’ fuckface with how it’s been like so far with Gibbers.
SID SEIXEIRO: How, so far, has John Gibbons communicated with you guys in comparison to Farrell. What are the differences?
J.P. ARENCIBIA: I feel like just more letting the guys be themselves and play the game. And, you know, understand that guys are here for a reason and they’ve done what’s made them successful, and you need to let them go out there and not try to force the hand or change the way the game is played. I think last year we might have tried to reinvent the wheel a little bit, and that hurt us sometimes. So I think Gibbons really has a laid back feel. But, I think another thing that he did, and he did with me yesterday, is that I missed a sign and I came into the dugout and he was all over me, and, you know, ripping me apart– in a great way. And I think that’s necessary, and we didn’t have that last year, and I think that’s a big part of who he is.
SS: So last year, if that would have taken place– just so I’m clear. Last year if that would have happened, John Farrell wouldn’t have said anything and just addressed it after the game with you?
JA: I don’t think it would have been handled the way it was handled yesterday. I came into the dugout– there was a lot of mistakes we made last year that sometimes were maybe not handled as well. But I think, last night, like I said, I missed a sign and Gibbons was all over me, and it wasn’t anything that was disrespectful, and it wasn’t anything that was something that– it’s good. That’s what you need. Obviously I can’t do that, I can’t miss signs, regardless of what kind of game I’m having or whatever it is, and I think that stuff like that, when it’s addressed like that, it shows his leadership.
I came in, he was all over me, and I said, you know what? I was wrong. I need to– I can’t do that, I understand. And I completely respected what was said. As a man you gotta say hey– sometimes you just gotta admit when you’re wrong, and I was wrong, and next time, it won’t happen again.
Uh… GibbyTheBest, amiright?
Late addition: I was going to put this in the next post you’ll see up here, but it seems a much better fit here. From Keith Law’s most recent chat, last Thursday, with readers at ESPN.com:
Gibbons used his potentially 5 best relievers (Delabar 7th, Oliver 8th, Rogers 9th, Janssen 10th, Santos 11th) last night in situations where they were down by a run or tied. Great move or Greatest move
Greatest move. I thought rehiring Gibby was great.