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Brook Jacoby's statement on this suspension

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The Blue Jays released a statement from Brook Jacoby about his suspension.

"Unfortunately, there was a verbal altercation with the umpiring crew following a tough loss in Boston. Frustrations escalated, leading to an altercation in which I was wrongly accused of contacting an umpire in the runway following our game, I'm in no way going to apologize for what happened and feel that the penalties were very biased, harsh, and unfair. I feel vindicated by the fact that everyone very near to the incident corroborated my actions when interviewed. This is all I am going to say about this issue and I will not answer any questions concerning this incident from this point forward. The game we play isn't about the coaches or umpires, but about the players that play it."

Brook is disputing the version of events that the umpires gave. I don't know who is telling the truth. Likely the real truth falls somewhere between the two. The snark in me wants to say that judging by the way the umpires called balls and strikes that series, I wouldn't be surprised it they saw this situation totally wrong too.

I will say that umpires do tend to exaggerate these things. Obviously they will write it up in a way that puts them in the best light. It's just the way life works. You down play your own guilt, while overstating the guilt of others.

I'll admit, I think everyone was surprised that the length of the suspension. Clearly the powers that be totally believed the umpires version of the story.

I'll bet that that umpiring crew will not work another series with that the Blue Jays play in again this season (and likely beyond that).

I''m very much surprised that they didn't shorten his suspension.