Domonic Brown displaying every ounce of his fielding acumen
Howard Eskin showed up on Jeff Blair’s radio show on the Fan 590 this morning, and to his credit he didn’t back down from the tweets he made last night that sent us into such a frenzy. In fact, he had some pointed criticism for Jon Heyman and “haters” out there on Twitter, reiterating that he had made clear any trade would involve more than just Domonic Brown heading to Toronto, and insisting that he’s just doing his job by putting something out there that he’s heard from sources he deems credible.
I mean, it’s true. What else is he supposed to do?
Think about this comment, for example, left on last night’s post by someone claiming to be the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, and doing a pretty good job of imitating his well-reasoned tone:
Do not discount Howard Eskin…he does have his swings and misses, but also has hit some mammoth HRs. Very powerful voice in Philly and important people do talk to him. I know there have been cases where teams “float” things through him to see reaction.
Give it time.
And indeed, Blair is saying that there have been informal discussions between the Jays and Phillies about Bautista– including some as early as last year– but he’s not indicating at all that those were terribly different than informal discussions that certainly go on all the time, and definitely not different enough to put a wild rumour out there.
Still though, knowing where his bread is buttered– which the entire Fan 590 operation seems to, as their morning show was discussing the rumour as if valid while their news updates reported Shi Davidi’s rubbishing of it– Blair is also saying that he does think there’s “a 60 to 70 percent chance” that Bautista gets dealt, because “he’s the guy who gets you what you need,” and has devoted the first hour of today’s show mostly to letting fans invent wild scenarios that would see Bautista shipped out of town.
I’d groan, but it’s not like he’s not providing all kinds of good stuff. His shitting-on of Domonic Brown’s defence, for example, is quite delicious– and apt!– and the Eskin chat was rather interesting. In particular, it was curious when the issue of Bautista’s supposed bristling at the fact that the Jays brought in higher-paid players than he came up again. Eskin doubled down on that as well, though later Blair said that he certainly hadn’t got that sense during his time around the team, but added, “I do know that Jose Reyes became a much bigger part of the clubhouse culture than Jose Bautista did.”
I don’t know… I guess this is the thing we’re still talking about today, even though it was basically over in the middle of the night. Traditional media, everyone!
Beats hockey talk, at least.
Anyway, Shi Davidi, in an early morning post today at Sportsnet, provides us with the extremely plausible explanation for how the rumour can both be garbage, yet something that Eskin genuinely felt it was necessary to put out there:
Much like the recent round of Blue-Jays-interested-in-Gordon-Beckham rumours, this appears to be another attempt to increase a player’s market value by using Alex Anthopoulos’s secretiveness as a cover.
HOLY SHIT, THE BECKHAM RUMOURS ARE TOTAL GARBAGE TOO???!!??!
Well this day just keep getting better, doesn’t it?
So… there’s all that.