Blue Jays whiner J.P. Arencibia just isn't getting it

After raising a stink about broadcasters Gregg Zaun and Dirk Hayhurst being too critical of him,...

After raising a stink about broadcasters Gregg Zaun and Dirk Hayhurst being too critical of him, Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia was spreading his message on MLB Network Radio on Friday. (REUTERS)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

TORONTO - There are two ways of handling adversity.

One way is by whining and pointing fingers and blaming (indirectly or otherwise) others for you’re problems.

Another way it to remain calm, stay positive and try to work things out without getting overly emotional.

Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays, as a team, have managed to handle the disappointment of this season pretty professionally. There haven’t been a lot of clubhouse explosions or confrontations, which is good because if the Jays hope to climb out of this hole, they have to stay on an even keel. Which they have done. And credit manager John Gibbons, and the team veterans, for that.

“We’ve had a real consistent clubhouse for the most part,” said starter R.A. Dickey, prior to the Jays meeting with the L.A. Dodgers on Monday night at the Rogers Centre. “Even when we won 11 in a row, it was just like when we’ve been struggling. Nothing changed. Everybody’s a professional. They try to get their work done as best as they can, and that’s what you gotta have.

“If you’re prone to panic, that’s when all the drama starts to creep in,” Dickey added. “A drama-free clubhouse is usually a good clubhouse.”

Drama-free. Someone in the Jays clubhouse should write those two words on a piece of paper and place it on J.P. Arencibia’s locker. The Jays’ everyday catcher is a strange bird. He’s one of the most community-minded guys on the team, and does some fantastic work with fans. Unfortunately, he’s developing a reputation for being a whiner, and that’s the last thing this team needs.


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