John Gibbons Is Getting Comfortable: North America Reacts

John Gibbons’ return to managing the Toronto Blue Jays this past off-season was greeted with skepticism by some. After all, didn’t he sink the ship five years ago? Why, with the Blue Jays re-making their roster with a couple of huge trades, would they bring back a manager whose tenure had been, to put it kindly, a bit tumultuous? Sure, there were those who thought that Gibbons was pretty good when it came to in-game strategy (not much bunting). Still, could he really be comfortable enough to command the clubhouse?

During the broadcast of last night’s Blue Jays-White Sox game, I saw something that made it clear to me that whatever else is going on, John Gibbons is definitely comfortable.

Gibbonspants

[Thanks to mysterious Twitterer Paul S, who heeded my immediate request for a screen cap and provided the above.]

North America responded fulsomely.

When I saw it on screen, my first thought was “I don’t remember Gibby being that big.” My second thought was “seriously, both hands?” When I got the screen shot (and video can be found here), I thought “that right hand is going beyond a mere tuck.”

Others found it more endearing, or were at least funnier:

What many missed, howevever, was Gibby undoubtedly making an allusion to a beloved television character from a show that might have been seen as one of the worst ever. That show lasted a long, long time. Ah, the days when we were so naive that we could not foresee something as horrible as Two Broke Girls not only making the screen, but becoming something of a hit.




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Matt Klaassen reads and writes obituaries in the Greater Toronto Area. If you can't get enough of him, follow him on Twitter.


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MikeS
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MikeS

A lot of managers are going to feel comfortable with a three run lead against the White Sox “offense.”

AC of DC
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AC of DC

Shea Hillenbrand! I always forget that guy’s name. Man, those were the years when the Blue Jays just couldn’t find enough meaty white guys with corner/DH skillsets to bash the ball: Troy Glaus, Eric Hinske, Shea Hillenbrand, Reed Johnson, Corey Koskie, Lyle Overbay, Matt Stairs — just trying to field a whole team of lumberjacks.

Bluebird in Boulder
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Bluebird in Boulder

That is Matt “Garbage Truck That Runs On Lightning” Stairs to us all.

Matt Stairs is also the best.

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke

I’m pretty sure you meant to include the patron saint of over-muscled hitters, Brad Fullmer, instead of Reed Johnson.

Bradley Woodrum
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True story: I read the title, looked at the picture, and then laughed/spit on my monitor.

Fletch
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Fletch

I had more or less a similar reaction to the “Didn’t expect to pull Dickey so early” tweet. My office partner is still looking at me funny.

Don Zimmer's jowl sweat
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Don Zimmer's jowl sweat

Boomhauer’s just gettin’ jiggy with it.

TKDC
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TKDC

“What many missed, howevever, was Gibby undoubtedly making an allusion to a beloved television character from a show that might have been seen as one of the worst ever.”

You shut your mouth and pay respect to that classic american sitcom.

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