Rich Miller has the evidence.
It’s home in Pennsylvania inside his old scrapbook.
Inside is a faded clipping from The Shelby Star (N.C.) from the summer of 1982.
There was a play at the plate and Miller’s catcher began to argue the safe call. Miller arrived and like any good manager, his first job was to keep his player in the game before going on to argue with the ump.
So, the class-A Shelby Mets manager arrived on the run and pushed his catcher.
“I caught him off balance, down he went, so the picture the paper ran is John Gibbons flat on his back, me arguing with the ump,” said Miller on a rainy day at the Bobby Mattick facility, where he’s senior advisor of the Blue Jays’ minor-league system.
Miller took over for Tim Leiper, the Jays’ new first base coach.
“I told John earlier this spring, ‘You remember big boy, who put you on your butt,’” said Miller with a laugh.