Blue Jays manager John Gibbons sounded rested and relaxed over the phone from San Antonio, having just had lunch with a retired Toronto sports writer who was passing through town.
Relaxed, yes, but not totally able to put last season's disappointing showing behind him. The Jays manager admitted that the team's disappointing 74-88 record in 2013 "eats at ya."
"It wears you down, no question about it," said Gibbons.
So even though Gibbons has settled into the off-season, the easy-going Texan admitted that despite Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos giving him a vote of confidence during the season -- announcing that Gibbons was coming back for 2014 -- he might very well have a short leash this upcoming year, meaning that Anthopoulos could pull the trigger on a managerial change quickly if things go south early for the Jays. That's what happens when you come off a disappointing year, and Gibbons certainly understands he may be on a short lease.