J.P. Arencibia a mixed bag for Blue Jays

The Blue Jays let catcher J.P. Arencibia go on Monday night. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency/Files)

The Blue Jays let catcher J.P. Arencibia go on Monday night. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency/Files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

TORONTO - On July 24, the headline on the Toronto Sun sports cover showed a picture of J.P. Arencibia with three words:

Waa!

Waa!

Waa!

That afternoon in the Blue Jays clubhouse, Mark DeRosa told me Arencibia wanted to talk after reading Steve Buffery’s column about the catcher quitting Twitter.

“Why do newspapers do things like that?” Arencibia asked calmly.

“Well, it’s because it’s what newspapers do some days,” I explained.

“Like in 2009, the Philadelphia Phillies came to New York to start the World Series against the Yankees and the New York Post ran a made-up picture of Phillies’ Pedro Martinez in a dress.”

Said Arencibia: “Well, I’m not Pedro Martinez.”

In our 20-minute talk, Arencibia covered a lot of ground: how much he had done in the community, how he had never once said no to the front office when asked to make a tour on a winter caravan or to visit a hospital.


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