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The Complete Shea Hillenbrand Interview — Exclusive!!

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At first it seemed odd that notorious dickhead and abrasive personality Shea Hillenbrand would be so gracious and contrite when asked to comment on the re-signing of John Gibbons as the Blue Jays manager, but after some cutting-edge journalistic work we at the Mockingbird have managed to uncover both sides of the AP interview quoted in part by the Star. Here now, in its entirety for the first time, is the complete and unedited interview with Shea Hillenbrand:

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Hello, Shea? This is the Associated Press calling. As you may or may not know, John Gibbons has recently been re-hired as manager of the Blue Jays. Just wondering if you had any comment on that?

SHEA: “That’s awesome. He’s a great guy.”

AP: What? No, I said JOHN GIBBONS. Former manager of yours. The guy who stopped playing you halfway through the season, challenged you to a fight during the ensuing fallout, and then refused to stay on as manager if you remained on the team. Do you have anything to say about him or what happened between the two of you?

SHEA: “I think he handled the situation that we had very professionally and I didn’t handle it professionally at all.”

AP: Wow, really? Gotta say I’m a little surprised. Did NOT think you were going to say that. Ok, well so much for that story…hey, how are all your wacky animals? Do you still have the rabbits and the lemur and the miniature horses and all those fucking tortoises? Did you ever get the Zebra and Buffalo you wanted? Ha ha ha. I mean, you run a petting zoo now, right?

SHEA: “All I know is that during my time with him he was a really good manager and I think he did a really good job with what he had.”

AP: Yeah, yeah, you already said that. Big of you. I was talking about…wait. Something’s wrong. Are you in trouble, Shea? Is he there? Don’t say anything…just use his first name in a sentence if you can’t talk to me right now./p>

SHEA: “I think John’s going to be a great addition to that ball club and he’s a great guy.”

AP: OH god. I’ll send for help. You just hang tight, Shea. I knew this wasn’t over.

*click*

 
In other news, pitcher Ted Lilly was spotted wearing dark sunglasses over a large black eye at his annual charity bowling event. When asked about the shiner, he changed the subject instead to his admiration for John Gibbons, explaining that in retrospect he realized he had been a complete asshat during the incident in 2006, and that neither then or at any point in time had Gibbons physically assaulted him in any way.

Written by halejon

November 23, 2012 at 4:46 am

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  1. The best part of this is that you put it in the “Seriousness” category.

    Chris

    November 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    • A man died to get you this information. Show some goddamn respect.

      halejon

      November 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      • By died, you really mean: got bucked off a really really small horse and scuffed a shoe.

        mulliniks

        November 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  2. [...] At the Mockingbird, Jon Hale has an “exclusive” look behind the scenes of the conversation between Shea Hillenbrand and the reporter for the Associate Press that the ex-Jay surprisingly praised John Gibbons to. [...]


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