I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between the Blue Jays “State of the Franchise” meeting and last night’s repeat episode of The Office entitled “Shareholder Meeting“.
Both are very similar scenarios – in both instances, the faces of the company are put on display to assure the fans/shareholders that all is well with business and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Just as things couldn’t be going any worse, Michael Scott chimes in and riles up the crowd and builds them up with hope and false promises of a 45 day plan to guide the company out of financial insecurity.
And that’s exactly what Cito Gaston did at the State of the Franchise.
Cito was guilty of a huge faux pas when he reignited the fires of the Carlos Delgado signing rumours. Last week, Alex Anthopoulos clearly stated that the Blue Jays were out on any Delgado talks. Then good old fan-friendly Cito does a complete 180 and tries to appease the fans by filling them with false hope of bringing back one of the most beloved players in franchise history.
Then Cito blabs on that he believes the Blue Jays have seven hitters in the lineup who could potentially hit 25 home runs a piece. That’s great and all, but realistically I think it would be optimistic to think that the Blue Jays might have two hitters who could crank 25 home runs.
That’s not all! According to Mike Wilner, Cito confused Jeremy Accardo with Casey Janssen again – that would make it the second time in the last twelve months that has happened. He did the very same thing last March, getting Accardo and Janssen mixed up when asked about who would be starting pitcher possibilities.
Just as the Dunder Mifflin executives on The Office were shocked at Michael Scott’s ramblings, I’m sure Alex Anthopoulous and Paul Beeston were hoping that Cito would keep his mouth shut.
Not to over criticize a minor misstep, but if The Manager is going to confuse his relievers in front of fans, who’s to say that he won’t do it within the context of the game?
Hypothetical situation here: Cito picks up the phone and calls to the bullpen to tell Janssen to warm up. What he really meant to say was to get Accardo warmed up, who has four days rest. Meanwhile, Janssen is a little gassed after having worked out of the bullpen the last two games.
Mistakes like that can easily cost the Blue Jays games. Now, while there is no indication the above scenario has in fact happened, who’s to say it hasn’t? The decision last year to tell Travis Snider to bunt was a red flag that something might not be right with the manager.
I enjoy a cheerleader as much as the next guy, but at some point you have to step back and realize that the “rah-rah-siss-boom-bah” will only keep the fans happy for so long. Eventually, you have to produce a winning team, and it’s not going to happen with this manager at the helm.