July 28, 2007
Ticked Towers tees offLifted with the lead, pitcher's critique may be last with Jays
By MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA
CHICAGO -- There was more steam coming off Josh Towers after last night's game than there was on his fastball during it.
Towers, who barrelled out of the clubhouse before the media was allowed in, levelled several broadsides in the hallway at his team, coaches and teammates after the Jays dropped a 4-3 decision to the White Sox to snap their win streak at five.
Towers is a player who does not fit into the Jay's future plans and he is available to any team lacking in pitching depth. His outburst may have been his last in a Jays uniform.
"I'm just pissed period. I don't think that we showed up today," Towers said. "I think it was a horsebleep game all around, that we just gave the game away."
He was asked to explain what he meant.
"I just don't think that we consistently put ourselves in position to make plays ahead of time. I don't think that we're heads-up. I don't think that we consistently show up as a coaching staff and as a team every day and I think it shows sometimes. Tonight was just a game where I felt we were in full control and we should have won and we didn't.
"Today we handed it right back to them and to me it was embarrassing."
Towers, 5-7, may have been ticked by several non-plays behind him in the field. There was a nubber to third that Troy Glaus came in on, made the difficult bare-handed grab and throw, but Matt Stairs at first couldn't come up with the one-hopper.
Two outs later, Glaus couldn't catch up to a drive down the line that drove in Chicago's third run.
But what really got Towers steaming was being lifted in the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead, one out and runners at first and second.
"I was shocked to see (manager John Gibbons) come out in the sixth inning," Towers said. "We were winning the game and I thought I was pitching well. It never even dawned on me that I'd be coming out. I felt like I was in control."
After he left, Brian Tallet got the inning's second out, then allowed a two-run double to Juan Uribe.
Gibbons was blindsided by Towers comments. It should be noted that the manager always has been in Towers' corner, even though he often lifts him at the first sniff of trouble.
"I'm one of Josh Towers' biggest backers," Gibbons said. "He pitched tough."
Gibbons was asked if he felt there was anything lacking in either their preparation or ability to make plays, as Towers stated.
"What was he talking about specifically?" Gibbons asked. "You've been watching all year. It's the same team. Did it look like a lack of effort?"
General manager J.P. Ricciardi, meanwhile, confirmed that it has been eerily quiet on the trade front.
"The only guy we got a call on was Towers with Philadelphia. They came to see him pitch (last Saturday) and we've never received another call back," Ricciardi said.