J.P. Ricciardi needs media training immediately

J.P. was on his weekly call in radio show last night with Mike Wilner and he let this beauty escape his lips:

“we are 7.5 back, we are playing our best baseball, who knows come September we could be 5 games back. I don’t understand why people’s glasses are half empty so quickly.”

Ummmm, J.P., the people you should call fans, the ones you clearly think are idiots, have memories and brains. Before you shoot from the lip, check your brain, for there you may find a few nuggets:

One month ago tomorrow on July 8th both you and “your” manager said to the press the following…

“We’re still going to play hard and see what happens,” Gaston said earlier Tuesday before the Jays took to the field for the first of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Cito Gaston observes his team during the three-game sweep in Seattle.

“There’s a lot of teams to get over the top here,” Gaston continued. “We’re certainly not going to quit. But if you look at our scheduling the rest of the way, it’s a pretty tough schedule.”

JP adds:

“My job is to have expectations,” he said. “And our expectations are that this team is not as bad as it’s played and hopefully will play a little better.

“Now, does that mean we’re going to be a playoff team? No, chances are probably not good that way. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hold out hope that we can play better.”

So why are people not optimistic? Because you told us not to be! Since when is being 5 games from 2nd place the goal of this team (or any team for that matter?) Look at the facts J.P., your hand chosen catcher Greg Zaun is so bad, the manager won’t play him. You threw away Reed Johnson for Shannon Stewart, we all know how that worked out, you handed over Troy Glaus and got Scott Rolen back, ummm, hello??? How did that one work out for you? You gave up the DH you never should have signed in Frank Thomas and replaced him with what exactly? You picked up a shortstop who your manager won’t play. Your best player right now is a rookie who the manager you shouldn’t have had to fire couldn’t get to play. Having said all of that, you want to know why people are pessimistic.

Listen, like Kevin Costner’s Crash Davis said in Bull Durham, “This game isn’t hard”…..J.P. don’t open your mouth unless you have some substance to put behind it. Despite the fact that you think you are smarter then everyone here’s the latest from Ted Baxter…your not. Your career in Toronto has been a disaster. Your best move has been to hire a manager that you didn’t want to hire. That is the legacy you will leave. I don’t know about you, but I want a GM in place who shoots to finish first and isn’t excited by being 5 games out of 2nd place come September 1.

Also, side note to John Macdonald, when you are hitting under .200 you are a liability with a bat in your hand. Having said that, your glove is so good, and your catcher and outfield are able to carry you. Don’t insult us and embarrass yourself by saying your bat isn’t a liability, it is.

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August 8, 2008 10:17 pm

Nothing wrong with that, its all good!

August 8, 2008 3:41 pm

like you said before, we’re all entitled to our own opinions. and i know i’m in the minority on this own, but that’s probably because i’m more of a JP supporter.

August 8, 2008 1:03 pm

lol…right on…

August 8, 2008 2:37 pm

Godfrey hired Cito(TSM5)

August 8, 2008 11:50 am

and is this your personal viewpoint, or do you have information that can back it up?

August 8, 2008 12:34 pm

me and every reporter in the city…..but I was in the office when Paul told JP to hire Cito 🙂

August 8, 2008 11:07 am

100% Godfrey

August 7, 2008 10:49 pm

who’s move was it?

August 7, 2008 5:43 pm

Great banter folks, but there is no way in Hades that JP takes ANY credit for the Cito hiring. I don’t care what JP, Godfrey or anyone says publicly, we all know this was not his move.

August 7, 2008 5:27 pm

travel schedule for the cheerleaders, eh? haha. right on. cool, fitty bones it is. good luck.

i don’t think there’s anything wrong in the fact that we’re disagreeing. it’s your opinion that “i don’t get it.”…i don’t think you know anything about adam dunn, just like i know nothing about adam dunn and who he is. and we can’t question the fact that JP does have more knowledge about Dunn than we do. them the facts. as for it making the jays a laughing stock, again, i would disagree. it’s blown over. already forgotten. who’s still really talking about it? it effects our chances to ever acquire dunn, via trade or free agency, sure…but if you show any of these guys the right type of dough, all is forgotten and they’re here.

as for releasing frank, i think it’s turned out to be a pretty good move, considering the guy has only played 30 odd games. and stairs was going to be the DH moving forward, and he’s split the duties with a number of guys. that was the plan. on most nights, it’s stairsy. it wasn’t about the money this year, we knew we’d have to pay that, it was about the $10 million option for next year. so now we’ve got an extra $10 million to spend.

sure, lind didn’t play until cito came aboard, but who brought cito back to the dugout? that would be JP.

frankly, i’m tired of hearing about reed johnson. he plays hard, but he’s been put on this pedestal for really no reason at all. and again, no one could have imagined how badly the jays would have struggled this year, especially against lefties. you’re telling me you thought rios would have those brutal stats against lefties this season? no way. it’s easy to pull stats when we’re almost 3 quarters through the season.

August 7, 2008 3:57 pm

It would be a GM job for JP and JFJ, a managing job for Gibbons…JP probably will end up in scouting once he is fired or maybe managing the travel schedule for the team’s cheerleaders. Those dont count. A GM spot, aint gonna happen. TorontoSports Media knows who i am and im good for the dough. $50 it is.

You dont get it. JP berated a fan on air as to how bad Dunn is, not that the asking price was too high…Then he lied about apologizing. He is making the Jays organization a laughing stock around the league.

The other moves releasing Frank (but paying him for the rest of the year) without any thought of who would be your DH moving forward. Lind not playing till Cito gave him a chance. Them the facts.

The list goes on and on… and by the way Reed Johnson is hitting better off righties than Rios is against lefties and his 41 RBIS wouldnt look too bad right now. Lind is the guy you want playing now not Johnson, but under the Gibbons/JP regime he wasnt even in the lineup.

August 7, 2008 3:25 pm

there are good deals and bad deals. such is the life of a GM. at the time, rolen for glaus was considered a win for both teams. it just turned out that rolen isn’t healthy. what can you do?
i’m not saying JP doesn’t deserve to be canned. he’s had a long tenure here in Toronto and the results haven’t been there, i just wouldn’t go as far as to call his time here a disaster.

all in all, with vernon wells missing significant time, losing casey janssen, dustin mcgowan, releasing frank thomas, and seeing his team suffer an almost surreal power outage, the jays have done alright. i won’t believe anyone who would tell me that they thought the jays would be as inept at the plate as they are this year. hindsight is easy.

and there’s a reason why adam dunn is still in cincinnati. ever think that the asking price might have been just a little too high? sort of like, uh, that jason bay guy? what if they were asking for travis snider and shaun marcum, the same way pittsburgh was? should JP make that trade out of desperation? i don’t think so. where would Lind play? i made the point before that JP didn’t make a trade out of desperation to save his job, and he deserves some props for that.

and i’ll put money on the line – $50, $100, whatever – that if JP is let go by the Jays, he will surely get another job at the GM or managing level again.

my email address is [email protected] buddy. email me your price. you’re on.

August 7, 2008 2:31 pm

Good thing about sports is we all are entitled to an opinion.

August 7, 2008 2:07 pm

eyebleaf is the typical toronto fan. Its always the injuries, its always something etc…TO fans gets exactly what they deserve because they stick there head in the sand over and over again.

GM’s get paid to do deals and when they turn out bad they fall on the knife or you blame the managers (that’s 3 he’s hired and fired right). torontosportsmedia calls it as it is, all these transactions turned out really bad. If they turned out well JP be taking the credit
hey just imagine what Adam Dunn’s 30+ home runs would of done to the jays record. Oh right JP is too smart to look at that deal.

Here’s one statement you can take to the bank that summarizes the state of Toronto sports. John Ferguson Jr, John Gibbons, and JP at the end of this year will “never” ever get another job at the GM or Managing level again. Thats a bet Id take any day…

August 7, 2008 1:05 pm

i think JP was realistic, as was Cito, when they said what they said…all the die-hards want is some meaningful baseball come September…is it going to be a slog to make the playoffs? damn right. will i be happy if we go into September 4 games out of the wild card, and have some of the games down the stretch mean something? absolutely. even if we don’t make the playoffs, i’ll be happy. for a team to go through what we’ve been through this year, all the B/S and all the injuries, the jays have actually done pretty well.

as for Reed Johnson, he’s mashing lefties, which everyone knew he could, but his numbers against righties are shit. left field is now Lind’s, and he’s working out alrite.

and it’s easy to look back and say we got ripped off in the glaus deal, but you would be in the vast, vast minority if you say you didn’t support that deal when it went through. and frank thomas just came off the DL…he’s played 34 games this year…perhaps cutting our losses wasn’t such a bad idea, now was it?

and i would strongly, strongly disagree that JP’s tenure in toronto has been a “disaster”…

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