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First, having the release go out around 3 p.m. on the Friday of a long weekend – a time generally reserved for bad news – was not an attempt to sneak it past anyone; it was just the under-stated way Masai wanted it handled.
It’s why we haven’t yet found out the number of years or value of the contract; that’s not his style, there doesn’t seem to be an agent around who’ll quietly and anonymously dispense the information. Oh, we may find out in passing sometime during training camp and you know we’ll keep asking but it really doesn’t matter to him whether it’s five years or three years or $ 15 million or $ 20 million; the job is the job and he’s going to do it to the best of his abilities regardless and he doesn’t need the parameters of his employment out there.
The same goes for Jeff Weltman and Bobby Webster, who got promotions as well; they carry themselves in much the same way Masai does; do the job, don’t seek the headlines or the fame, leave that for others.
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There were certainly teams out there who would have interest in poaching one of the three (if you win, teams want you, as we’ve seen with members of Dwane’s coaching staff) and keeping the front office intact is a big deal.
I know the three of them pretty well from dealing with them over the years and I can say with certainty that the situation in Toronto – ownership, the fan base, the players, the coaches – adds up to one of the most attractive in the league and there was no reason to even investigate other opportunities that would have presented themselves.
I know it’s easy to knock MLSE for a whole lot of reasons – everything from concession stand costs to ticket prices and on down the line – but in this instance ownership has to get some credit for putting good people in place, letting them do their jobs without meddling and rewarding them for success.
We’ve heard all kinds of chatter about “culture” around this team for years and I think we now see just what that is:
Good people being able to do their jobs well and being taken care of when the time is right.
Saw on the tweeter machine on the weekend that our old friend Anthony Parker is to be inducted into the Maccabi Tel Aviv Hall of Fame this year for his meritorious service to that iconic Israel basketball franchise.
There’s more than a few folks who’ve come thorough Toronto in various Halls of Fame, it’s nice to see the ranks swell by one.
Or at least it shouldn’t.
I know that the tweeter is not truly indicative of anything too great – it tends to bring out far too many anonymous screamers for my liking and the “mute” and “block” functions are its greatest invention – but the ups and downs of reading thoughts on the Blue Jays has been fascinating.
I get that the games are slightly more important now than they were in, say, June and July, but the best part about the game is that it tends to even out over time – good teams are good teams, .280 hitters are .280 hitters, 30 homer guys are 30 homer guys and this getting all crazy inning to inning and hour to hour would seem counterproductive, no?
I can’t imagine what it would be like if the Jays were awful, it’d probably be too much to take.
I’m a bit of fan – of the game and especially of pennant races and September – but I also know getting crazy worked up and talking in absolutes every single day does not nothing but drive up the blood pressure and expose one as a reactionary oddball who doesn’t quite get it.
That said, can’t wait to experience the angst tonight; it’s a lot more fun to read it while somewhat removed from the fray.
And, yes, despite being off again this week and next, I’ll be stopping by the expansive studios of I’ll Have Another this morning to sit with She Who Supports Arsenal and Not Mel Cooley to see what’s on everyone’s mind.