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Towers Calls out the World

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Fresh from calling out his team:

“We just gave the game away. Personally, that’s what I think,” Towers said. “Today was just a game that I felt we were in complete control of and we should’ve won and we didn’t. All around, it just wasn’t a great game played by us.

And then his coach:

“I don’t think we consistently show up as a coaching staff and as a team every day, and I think it shows sometimes.”

Tonight Josh Towers decided to put the best player in the game in his place by telling him to shut up and go to first base after he hit him in the shin. Then he threw in a shot at the universally adored Tony Pena:

“I heard somebody chirping when I was talking to Lyle (Overbay) and I didn’t think it was Alex and I asked who it was,” said Towers. “And Tony Pena is running his mouth and I was like, ‘What’s this guy running his mouth for? This dude is a quitter, he managed a team and quit in the middle of the season because he couldn’t hack it. He’s going to run his mouth to me?’ So I ended up getting into it with Alex a second time.”

Basically calling him mentally weak and unable to deal with personal failure. Which, granted, is something that Towers has a lot of experience dealing with. Notice I didn’t say ‘bouncing back from’, because after a half-decent month, Josh is back to having the second worst year of his career, and once A.J. Burnett comes off the DL, he will no doubt be removed from the rotation in favour of a 22-year-old who is still learning how to pitch.

So where is he going to go? Unless we’ve really given up on Jason Frasor, it looks like AAA. Which barring injury, would likely make that the last game Josh will ever pitch for the Jays. I can’t say I’m particularly disappointed since lately he seems to have graduated from the role of plucky underdog to that of self-important, posturing, muckraker.

“These guys didn’t back down at all,” said Towers. “Those guys ran their mouth a little bit and they came out pretty forceful and our guys stood up right to them. Ain’t nobody in here going to back down from anybody, especially in that situation.

“A lot of guys had my back and their own backs at the same time.”

Give me a break…this is baseball. Nobody cares how tough you looked out there when you get outhit 14-5 and lose by 7 runs.

Written by halejon

August 8, 2007 at 5:57 am

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  1. Am I the only one that got some pleasure in seeing the J-Train loose his shit on fucking Stray-Rod?

    And honestly, if you watch the beginning of that sequence he’s just telling him to take is fucking base.

    I hate A-Rod. Grow up you fucking piece of shit and get some class.

    And double wtf on Shelley Duncan’s slide into second. Who the fuck ninja kicks Johnny Mac’s glove off – I’m suprised that didn’t start another hugging/shouting/posturing party.

    A round of Busch Light to the Yanks. I’m glad they imbue that “Yankee Spirit” in early when the kids are still young.

    J-Towers R.I.P. – I hope that was satisfying and you one day resurface on some struggling NL staff – like the Nationals, or the Pirates. The need you, and your sticktoittiveness.

    The AL East just isn’t the place for you.

    Dan

    August 8, 2007 at 3:52 pm

  2. I took great pleasure in witnessing the J-Train do his thing.

    hroman

    August 8, 2007 at 5:27 pm

  3. I would have enjoyed it if it had happened back when anyone remembered, or in Yankee stadium. But instead we took the high road, and now our mouthy punk of a 5th starter starts things 2 series later in his final start, while getting shelled by the Yankees as they put the final nail in our season? Kind of desperate.

    Duncan’s slide was terrible…I don’t care what the announcers say, that’s not a “hard slide” or “part of baseball”, that’s how you end someone’s season. That’s worth a drilling- much worse than A-Rod being a twit on the basepaths.

    Jonathan

    August 8, 2007 at 6:24 pm

  4. I agree. I’m suprised that didn’t cause a fight right there. Johnny Mac was more pissed when A-Rod did his thing months ago.

    What’s the line between hard slide and interference?

    Because that was a mixture of Ty Cobb hard and a ninja kicking.

    Dan

    August 8, 2007 at 7:07 pm

  5. […] Mop Up Duty gave voice to the feeling of some Jays fans, especially those still in shock from his protracted meltdown of 2006 and those who believed it was wrong to question a John Gibbons decision or call Tony Peña a quitter, that Josh Towers did indeed suck. The Mockingbird posited that Tower’s post-game comments marked a point of departure from his more appealing role of plucky underdog. […]


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