TORONTO - John Gibbons doesn’t exactly count the days but he appreciates the moments, every single one of them.
There have been so few over the years that sometimes he has to stop, pause, look around and take it all in. This is so new. For him. For the Blue Jays. This business of first place.
First place for who knows how long.
When asked Wednesday at what point he will get excited about this Blue Jays team and this season, the manager answered in a typical Gibbons manner. A little funny. A little self-deprecating. A little truth.
“About three weeks ago,” he said and grinned.
You can grin when this has never happened before in your baseball life. The Blue Jays play their 81st game Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox, the first half of their somewhat unexplainable season about to end.