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He Who Shall Not Be Named

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Click here to see the Jays waffling about “rumours” (read: media speculation since Godfrey et. al have pretty quickly shot the suggestion down) that Barry Bonds could come to Toronto. Gibby doesn’t remind the press that his bosses have officially said it’s not going to happen, which is odd. Vernon seems to be on the fence though he doesn’t say as much. Zaun doesn’t give a rats ass about steroids or jerks and thinks it’s a no-brainer. And Barry bought Accardo a steak when he was a rookie or something. Sigh.

Paul Godfrey: “Barry is now 43 years old, he’s got other problems in front of him, and I don’t want his presence to be a distraction to the rest of the team.”

Griffin: “Just what the Jays need. A guy that walks every time there are runners in scoring position, leaving it up to the other guys that have been failing with runners in scoring position.” (Bonds’ average with RISP in 2007: .296; 2006: .423; 2004: .394).

Jeff Borris (Bond’s agent): “They do not appear to have any interest.”

Frank Thomas:  “I wouldn’t have had a problem with that (ripping up the vesting option) in spring training”.

Written by halejon

April 21, 2008 at 7:44 pm

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  1. Where did you see the Jays had shot down the idea of signing Bonds? I heard a clip from a show in Boston but it was from a week or so ago when Thomas was still on the team wasn’t it? I watched the clip you just linked to and (maybe this is wishfull thinking) but it looked like a bunch of players that had a secret they were trying to keep!

    Shayne

    April 21, 2008 at 9:46 pm

  2. Dude, what kind of fucked up shirt was Accardo wearing!? Yikes.

    Navin Vaswani

    April 21, 2008 at 9:52 pm

  3. Shayne: There was an interview with J.P. where he basically said they didn’t have the money. It’s mentioned on the main page:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080421&content_id=2563605&vkey=news_tor&fext=.jsp&c_id=tor

    After releasing Thomas, Ricciardi was quick to say that the Blue Jays did not intend on looking outside the organization for a replacement.

    I got the same impression from watching that, though. And Gibbons didn’t seem to brush off the question as much as I thought he would- you know, “we like the guys we’ve got here”, etc. And nobody has really given a full endorsement to Adam Lind as being the new full time LF. Barajas as a DH for more than a couple of weeks? I don’t buy it.

    halejon

    April 21, 2008 at 11:05 pm

  4. Navin: Did you see Accardo on the golf course in ST? He has a seriously messed up sense of style. It might be a sense of humour, I don’t know…

    halejon

    April 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm

  5. Yeah I had read that link you just posted, but we all know that usually when J.P. specifically says he isn’t going to make a move there is a good chance that is exactly what he will do (but J.P. doesn’t specifically mention Bonds there).

    For some reason I just don’t see Lind getting in the way of Bonds. If they really think Lind is ready for the bigs, then he should be the every day left fielder. That still leaves DH open and Stairs isn’t the answer there I think. So if you bring in Bonds as well that means Stewart probably gets waived – and you wouldn’t hear me crying if that happened.

    Plus I can’t help drooling at the idea of adding Lind, Bonds, and Rolen to the line-up we already have. Probably just wishfull thinking though.

    Shayne

    April 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm

  6. I can’t find it, but Godfrey poo-pooed the idea as well. I hear yah, though. It means less than nothing. I actually just mentioned it because I thought it was suspicious that Gibbons was waffling.

    I won’t lie. The idea of Bonds both makes me throw up in my mouth a little and start drooling about the lineup at the same time. It’s a weird place to be.

    halejon

    April 22, 2008 at 12:55 am

  7. Anyone remember when Clemens’ picture was endemic in the (Blue) Jays adverts? Oh come ON, we KNEW. Well, maybe not all of us, but certainly those in health-related professions.

    I dunno what to think about the possibilities of Bond-age. Maybe a necessary evil?

    Let’s accept that baseball is no worse than the Tour de France, and move on. Big buck$, quasi-legal substances — whatever it takes. I cheered from the celebration parade sidelines both years the (Blue) Jays came out on top; I’d like to do so again before I die.

    Roomie

    April 23, 2008 at 7:38 pm


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