Jays' Francisco swears he was wrong
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Blue Jays relief pitcher Frank Francisco is sorry for swearing at reporters Thursday. (DAVE KAUP/Reuters files)
It was a contrite and apologetic Frank Francisco that met with reporters in the Blue Jays dugout on Friday prior to the Jays-Indians game.
The meeting stemmed from the night before following a bad outing by the Jays closer, who loaded the bases in the ninth without retiring an out, paving the way for the Indians’ five-run comeback in a crushing 5-4 loss.
Following the game, Francisco, who is highly emotional, hurled a few F-bombs at reporters before strolling towards the showers.
The meeting Friday wasn’t Francisco’s idea but was set up by the Jays brass, who didn’t think Francisco’s outburst was much in the way of a class move.
Still, Francisco’s apology appeared to be genuine.
“I was mad and I was unhappy with my results and I know that I said things that I’m not supposed to say,” Francisco said. “I was mad and I know that’s not an excuse. I know I was wrong.
“They (manager John Farrell and GM Alex Anthopoulos) told me it was not acceptable and they want me to know what I said was wrong.
“We are professionals here and we have to act like professionals. I was upset and like I said before, I was wrong.”
In his first four games since returning to the Blue Jays, OF Travis Snider went 6-for-17 (.353) with four doubles and three RBIs. Although it’s a small sample, he is swinging the bat with more authority and making solid contact. Still, the Jays aren’t about to throw a parade.
“I don’t want to put too much into it,” Anthopoulos said. “He looks good. I think the swing looks a lot better. He’s staying closed, he’s staying on the ball a lot more. I think it’s much harder contact that at the beginning of the year.
“We needed to at least get his swing in the right place to give him a chance to have some success. I think he’s on that track but we’ll see what happens over the course of the season. But he’s much better equipped to have some success here.”