Jays trio bucking the trend
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Blue Jays' Corey Patterson celebrates with Jose Bautista after he scored on against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. (AFP)
Jose Bautista, Ricky Romero and John Farrell were clearly swimming against the trend these days when following Sunday’s game they boarded a jet heading to Phoenix for Tuesday’s all-star game.
How plebeian of them.
The in-thing these days for the mucky mucks and those feigning tiredness, injury or the fact they pitched on Sunday and don’t want to be called upon to throw an inning on Tuesday is to skip the event altogether.
Thanks very much for naming me an all-star, thanks for allowing me to collect a bonus and see you later seems to be the in-thing to do these days.
Phoenix at this time of the year, Puh-lease.
So given that backdrop Derek Jeter, it’s refreshing that Farrell, who was asked by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington to be one of the coaches a while back is looking forward to the event, considers it an honour.
“I’ve got a 7 p.m. flight to Phoenix and I’m looking forward to the two days,” Farrell said. “It’s a special event and it’s an honour to represent the Blue Jays at the all-star game.”
What of the growing list of no-shows.
“I can’t speak to the other individuals if that’s the decision they’ve made,” said the always diplomatic Farrell. “I’m sure there are circumstances that drive that decision but this is the showcase for the mid-season point and like I said, it’s an honour to be going representing the Blue Jays uniform.”
On another topic, Farrell was asked how he likes his job as it marks the first time he has managed at any level.
“I love it, even the tough ones, the ones that sting and carry over the next day. I love it,” Farrell said with a bright smile on his face. “I know that I’m not where I’ll get to be eventually as far as the day to day or what we achieve as a team or an organization, but I think we’re very much on the right path with the right people here.
Is it more rewarding a job than being a pitching coach, as he was with the Boston Red Sox?
“By far,” he replied. “And it’s more about the involvement on a one-to-one basis with every player on the team versus the direct interactions with the pitching staff. Both have challenges but at the same time that’s what makes the good times that much more rewarding is when you go through some of the challenges as a group.”