Their Ship is Sinking

Saw this on ESPN.com

TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wound up with a bloody nose after tangling with Toronto pitcher Ted Lilly near the dugout during Monday night’s game against Oakland.

It was not known whether any punches were thrown.

Lilly was pulled in the third inning, when the Athletics scored seven runs to close to 8-7. Gibbons chewed out the pitcher, who refused to give him the ball.

When Lilly left the mound for the locker room, Gibbons followed him. A team trainer and a number of players then ran down the stairs of the tunnel leading to the clubhouse.

Cameramen near the dugout saw Gibbons push Lilly first. A television camera later showed Gibbons with a bloody nose.

Is it safe to say that John Gibbons in not a player’s manager? He had that tangle with Shea Hillenbrand, but I all but gave Gibbons a mulligan on that one. Hillenbrand has some baggage, maybe this spins this around a little…but not much to change my mind. I’ve never regarded Ted Lily as a powderkeg of rage, but maybe he is.

Then again, Lily only went 2 and a third tonight. He gave up 7 runs, 8 hits, 1 BB and 3 K. Maybe he should have gotten the punch in the nose.

Frustration seems to be high with the Jays. They ponied up all that money for AJ Burnett, BJ Ryan and Benji Molina and trade for Lyle Overbay and Troy Glaus. Now they’re only 66-58 and now this. This was supposed to be a team that was going to contended for the AL East but they’re going to be where they always be…3rd place. It’ll be interesting to watch how this plays out. What will happen to Lily? I don’t know what happened, but socking your manager in the nose is going to get you some time off. Do we draw comparsions between this and the infamous Latrell Sprewell choke on PJ Carlismo? I’ll wait and see what comes out of this before I rush to that judgement. This has not been a banner year for John Gibbons has it?

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