February 5, 2013
Jays in a state of optimism
Stacked Blue Jays feeling mighty good about chances, but staying humble
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons chats during The State Of The Franchise event yesterday at the Rogers Centre. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun)

They call it The State Of The Franchise event. That implies a question or questions that need to be answered but for once nobody really needed to ask.

Times are good in Blue Jay Land. All you had to do was look out over the 1,200 fans who showed up at Rogers Centre to scoff a few hors d’oeuvres and listen to the sweet storyline spun by Paul Beeston, Alex Anthopoulos and John Gibbons.

Optimism heading into the 2013 season is at a 20-year high after the roster makeover that Anthopoulos has wrought this offseason. Ironically, the GM himself finds himself managing expectations more often than beating the drum.

“I don’t want to appear to be bleeding the air out of the balloon,” said Anthopoulos. “On the other hand, I’m a big believer in humility. We certainly have a lot of talent and we’ve spent a lot of money but we need to exercise humility among ourselves. We haven’t done anything yet. We like our chances, we like our talent but there’s still a ton of work to do.”



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