It was a really good read. Great final paragraph to end off with.
But the moves Anthopoulous made last week reminded us all of the moves Pat Gillick used to make back in the early nineties, back when the Jays mattered, not just to their own fan base but to all of Major League Baseball. Finally, Jays fans felt like their team was a contender again, and not an also-ran like they were in the Gibbons years. And that's the problem: the re-hiring of Gibbons felt like something that would have happened to a Jays team that hadn't made the big Marlins trade or signed Cabrera. Bringing back Gibbons feels like stepping back to a place Jays fans want to forget, just when everyone was looking forward to 2013. Instead Anthopoulos hit the brakes, threw it in reverse, and parked it squarely in 2008. Here's hoping it doesn't cost him his spot behind the wheel.
I personally am willing to give Gibbons the benefit of the doubt for right now. I personally wasn't as disappointed and appalled as a lot of people I know when I first heard the news. Honestly it was more shock because Gibbons' name had never been brought up in all of this. But I do agree with Onrait in the sense that this was an opportunity for the Blue Jays to go in a different direction. To start fresh, and kind of put the past aside, and the hiring of Gibbons definitely didn't do that. Actually it kind of made it feel like 2005 all over again with the Jays getting their paws on a couple of good pitchers and all.
I really hope this all works out for the team's sake and for our sake as fans. I'm tired of getting this excited and then getting let down.