Mark Shapiro isn't going out of his way to make Blue Jays fans warmly embrace him:
#BlueJays CEO Mark Shapiro says real-grass playing surface for RC not a top priority. One of many stadium upgrades being considered. 1/3— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) December 17, 2015
Shapiro: No costs available yet on grass project. Stadium upgrades 2B judged on cost/need. Grass nice to have, but "we don’t need it." 2/3— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) December 17, 2015
Shapiro: "There are a lot of things that need to be updated" to provide "a compelling" fan experience and fix stadium infrastructure. 3/3— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) December 17, 2015
I'm not sure how much grass would help provide a 'compelling' fan experience either, but we've grown to like the idea. I've never truly believed that it would be possible, but I wouldn't tell a fanbase that has been talking about great for at least a couple of year now, that it isn't going to happen until I had been at the job for a year or two.
Mark....you might want to talk to some of the people in the PR department before you make statements like this. They would tell you to tread careful here.
Shapiro has kind of started his Blue Jays' career off in a hole, losing a very popular GM in the first couple of weeks. And there is a pretty large percentage of Jays fans that figure he should have signed David Price at any cost. Now this....
Next week, Shapiro is going to telephone children of Blue Jays fans to tell them there is no Santa.
Oh and this is the Winter cross Canada Tour: