Catch this gem on Bruce Arthur’s column today?:
“There have been so many reasons to fire the man, but an interview with The Canadian Press’s Shi Davidi published on Friday should be the final, defining statement of the Ricciardi era in Toronto.
“Let me make this clear: It doesn’t matter if J.P. Ricciardi is the GM, or Joe Blow is the GM,” Ricciardi said in the interview. “Two years from now, five years from now, seven years from now, the reality that we face in Toronto is the division is not going to change. The Red Sox and Yankees are not going away. If the Yankees want to, they can take their payroll to US$300-million.
“The biggest thing that people forget is that when Toronto won the World Series, they had the highest payroll in baseball. There’s a direct equivalent to that. If we’re going to play in the big man’s division, and we’re not going to spend that money, it’s going to be really hard for us to compete with those teams.”
Now he tells us. Now, eight years after he was hired to be smarter than the Red Sox and the Yankees, eight years after he was hired to build a system that could thwart the vaults of the Red Sox and the Yankees, eight years after he was hired and said, “The payroll [in Toronto] is fine,” now he tell us it’s all a waste of time. Now, he surrenders, and admits that he’s failed.”
You read that and wonder why bother. Seriously, someone put us out of our misery. @mayormiller saw the light. Someone help what litle hope we have for the Blue Jays