Zaun gets the last laugh

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:23 AM ET

This Toronto Blue Jays team is anything but a bunch of guys just cashing their paycheques down the stretch -- and it is for that reason that it is time to give a little credit where credit is due.

From the top of the salary food chain to the very bottom, these guys show up ready to play day in and day out.

For the loyal fans consistently in attendance at Rogers Centre or tuned in to TV or radio coast-to-coast, the entertainment factor is certainly there -- even with the gap the Jays face in the AL wild card race.

It is for these reasons that I ask, does anyone else find it ironic that those who continue to discount what is right with the Jays seem to be the loudest -- literally?

Just this past Saturday, as the Jays continued on their path to the home sweep of the Seattle Mariners, one woefully uneducated and obnoxiously novice baseball fan -- with volume turned up to max -- sat perched spewing garbage from the seats behind the plate.

This guy, holding his trophy of perhaps ten empty plastic beer cups, unrelentingly bad-mouthed his target: Jays catcher Gregg Zaun, for 8-2/3 innings.

The non-stop barrage drew the crooked eye death stare from many a fan in his vicinity (I still feel sorry for the poor woman who had the unfortunate predicament of sitting next to him.)

We all giggled when eventually even Zaun himself, late in the game, had a rare gaze into the stands looking for the loudmouth.

Much to the delight of all sitting near-by ... the last laugh was on this Budweiser guzzling doofus as he scurried up the stairs with two out in the top of the 9th. Guess he can dish it out he but can't take it.

Wonder if, as he stumbled home, he felt that he owed a little credit where credit was due when Toronto swept the series and Zaun was, without question, the difference?

-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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