Did I just jump in a Delorean and floor it 88 miles an hour, and wake up in the year 1991?Cito Gaston is back as the interim Blue Jays manager, and gone is John Gibbons along with Marty Peavy, Ernie Whitt and Gary Denbo.
We all knew that Gibbons' firing was inevitable - but Cito Gaston? I think that is the biggest shock of all. I'm leaning towards the though that this is partly a publicity stunt from head office to show fans that "they really want to win this year". Unfortunately, bringing back a coach that helped the team win two World Series 15 years ago, doesn't necessarily guarantee success. But on that same note, I'm not entirely against bringing in Gaston either, because things can't really get much worse than they already are. Though, it's going to take a while for me to get used to watching Cito Gaston managing this team.
I have to commend J.P. Ricciardi for at least attempting to make the Blue Jays a better team with this shakeup. For a while there, I was starting to think that maybe Shea Hillenbrand was right about the "sinking ship". And if that's so, John Gibbons is out in the middle of the ocean floating on a piece of driftwood, while Cito Gaston is attempting to bring this ship back above the water.