Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Paul Beeston is the Temp

The Toronto Star reports that the Jays are about to announce that Paul Beeston is the interim President and CEO of the Jays. (And a hearty glove tap and ass-hammering goes to Sports in the City's Navin/eyebleaf for the heads up.)

Indulge us with a moment of your time to speculate on what all this means.

The Jays are undertaking an employment strategy for the Level of Excellence: After hiring Cito and Beeston, we fully anticipate that the Jays will hire Robbie Alomar as the team's liaison to the Renaissance Hotel, Tony Fernandez as the spiritual counselor, and George Bell to run the Junior Jays' Kiss My Purple Butt Booth.

The Leafs are the model franchise: Isn't it more than a little weird how Toronto sports franchises keep plucking people of their history to keep themselves afloat? What's next? Isaiah Thomas and Damon Stoudamire returning to help lead the Raps to the old glory days?

J.P. is on notice: With Beeston on board for the short term, the Jays will likely get through 2009 with Ricciardi at the helm. But come next year, we're guessing that a new boss at the helm will likely bring in his own dude to run the on-field personnel aspects of the franchise. (Supposing, of course, that the new boss is a baseball guy, and not a marketing guy.)

Bob McCown was wrong: If we had a dollar for every time the Bobcat has stated on Prime Time Sports over the past few months that "Beeston ain't comin' back", then we could buy the Fan 590 away from Rogers and turn it into a 24-hour-all-Wilco-all-the-time-50,000-watt-superstation. Alas, no one is coughing up that cheese for us.

We're also guessing that Bobcat doesn't own up to being wrong, and says something like: "I told you that he wouldn't take the job, and since he's only the interim President, I was right. Again. All praise and glory is mine. Claude Thamalfachuk. Flying Fadoo. "

17 comments:

eyebleaf said...

BobCat def. does not own up to being wrong.

And Paul Gillick is available this winter. What do you think, Tao?

Tao of Stieb said...

In watching the presser, we were struck by the fact that a significant aspect of the job for the next President and CEO will be the oversight of the operations of the Rogers Centre.

Gillick strikes us as an old baseball type, and not necessarily the guy who is going to be interested in whether if Wiggles or Miley Cyrus is booked into the barn. Gillick would be a good baseball guy to have, but not necessarily in that position.

And isn't Gillick 72? That's way too old to be President of anything.

Our guess is that the next President is someone that wouldn't be on the tip on anyone's tongue right now

eyebleaf said...

What about Gillick as....GENERAL MANAGER?

Beeston, Gillick, and Gaston.

Glory days, please.

Anonymous said...

Eyebleaf, you are on point. First bit of business fire JP, he will do Wilner's bidding and have the Jays win 65 games and sign no one. I know that Gillick is an old geezer But he is smarter than JP. JP is one big bullshit machine!
Bruno Von Rottweiller

PS Sign Garland and someone who can hit like Manny or Bradley!

The Ack said...

wow....anyone else read Blair's piece (on the globeonbaseball blog)? Tao?

All of a sudden, this actually got interesting...

eyebleaf said...

Ack, I just read that. Damn. That's some crazy shit Blair is talking about. I must admit that while I'm not a Rogers Centre hater like many in this town, reading "new stadium" piqued my interest.

eyebleaf said...

and Bruno, I don't want JP to get fired. And I don't think he will. I got faith in JP. I don't know why, but I do. This is his team.

Ian H. said...

How about Joe Carter as hitting coach? Fuck yeah!

Darren Priest said...

No post on the ALCS? You have to be liking those glum faces in the crowd at Fenway.

Anonymous said...

Darren, that was fun seeing all those Massholes frown! It was cool to see Tampa crush Boston. I like those gutty gritty Rays. Hopefully they will crush Dice-K.

Eyebleaf, let's see Gillick do it again! He's been doing a great job with Philly. JP is on my permanent shitlist. I can't wait to hear his spin if the Bluebirds tank next year... we are scuffling....etc so on!
Bruno Van Rottweiller

PS Mc Cain for Dictator. Obama for Dog Catcher.Manny for Toronto DH.

Rance Mulliniks Fan Club said...

This is unrelated to the post, but just noticed a comment Tao left on big league stew re: rance mulliniks fan club moustaches @ the home opener.

We have been running for 8 years now and gotta say, as a fan of tao of stieb, I feel as if I've just been blogged by a celebrity!! (sad)

You can find us on facebook to stay on top of any future renegade missions we might pursue - I would be honored if you graced our presence.

Anonymous said...

Darren did you see those happy faces at Fenway last night. I hope the Rays crush them....

Darren Priest said...

Well, I turned out the lights and went to sleep when it was 7-0. I dreamed I was a two-sport athlete who looked like Tom Brady and I was sipping mojitos with Biggie Smalls, Gisele Bunchen and Emmanuelle Beart.

Anyways, imagine my surprise when I woke up, went to work, and Googled Red Sox news. I've never been more disgusted at the sight of a smiling Dan O'Shaughnessy.

Say this for the Nation though: how many other fans would cheer that loudly when their team is down 5-0 in the fifth and Coco Crisp has worked a full count? Not many...sure as hell not the Rays new found fans nor the Jays fans, for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Darren, they had an effect on the game (the Massholes). Don't worry the cowbells will fuck with Beckett's head too.......My brother went to Havard and I've visited there many times, the people up there are the Parisians of America, they are low rent snobs! That 31-4 drubbing was a bad sign, the REd POx came back from a drubbing in 2004 just like that one. And fucking people like Kotsay and Coco Crisp got it done!

Darren , I would so fuck Beart and Gisele! Your subconscious rules! I'm more of an Easy E type of guy so Big E is out like dat! Dig?

Darren Priest said...

I don't know who you are, anonymous, but I wish I could buy you a beer.

Anonymous said...

Darren it is Bruno Von Rottweiler. BTW I like Canadian beer and Canadian women so I'd jump up in a second to hang out in Ontario! Darren, hopefully I'll see Gisele in Manhattan one day... without Tom. Masshole Brady's knee is fucked up so Gisele is free to chill with able bodied guys like us. Beart is so hot, but so crazy. There was a film she did where she played a woman who had sex with her female friend( their was some bi-curious love between them) and then to prove she was straight fucked a guy the next night basically in front of her! That makes me want her more......

eyebleaf said...

Look at Paul Beeston's face in that picture. It's fucking freaky.