When I first learned that Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was going to hold a press conference to dispute the validity of ESPN’s recent article calling attention to the possibility of the Blue Jays stealing signs and signalling batters, it sounded like a bad idea.
Publicly disputing ludicrousness never seems to work out, and this seemed to me to be the very definition of something you let happen on its own without calling any additional attention to it.
After hearing him speak with genuine exasperation over the fact that he’s even addressing the media at all, I feel quite differently. His words and attitude toward delivering those words drained whatever legitimacy that the article clinged to, defended the organization well, and made me think that the press conference was more about honour than optics.
Here are the notes:
- Baseball is a small fraternity.
- Not too hard to find former player/manager/field guy who would confirm this.
- Compares it to UFO guy who sees something.
- Guaranteed there is at least one former, disgruntled player who would say something.
- No general manager has ever suggested anything to Alex Anthopoulos.
- Common sense question: Is this realistic.
- Unfair to the players and organization.
- Every game is broadcast. Go through the broadcasts and look for a man in a white shirt.
- Spend a little time. Do a little work.
- A one time thing. Not going to talk about it after today.
- Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.
- Likes ESPN, visits website a lot. They’re as good as it gets. This is one example of them being wrong.
- They didn’t do their homework.
- Still blown away that we’re actually holding a press conference for this.
- Because four players on another team said something, a story is written and we’re all sitting here.
- This is nothing. No phone calls, no nothing. Haven’t heard from anyone in MLB today.
- I’ve been in this organization for years, never a phone call, e-mail, text, nothing. We have GM meetings. This would have come up.
- Supplied ESPN with a quote for the story and asked that they at least seek out a former somebody from the organization, which shouldn’t be difficult to find.