My wife and I are going to take a couple of, well earned, days away from the world. Being honest, they are only well earned by her, but I’m going along too. We are going off towards Cranbrook BC and going to see what we see around there. Just until Sunday. I have a couple of things scheduled to go up. I’m sure there won’t be any Jays news of any value.
So, for this morning, I’m going to recycle a question I’ve asked before.
What’s the most memorable in-person encounter you’ve had with a member of the Jays organization? Tell us the story. It can be as simple as an autograph or, perhaps you sneezed on a player during spring training and they tested positive for Covid.
Me? Getting to talk to Brian Butterfield, would be it. It was the first time I was allowed to interview someone with the Blue Jays. It really isn’t an exciting story, but, if you missed the interview it is here: Part one, part two and part three.
We’ve had other interviews since, but that was the first so it is clear in my memory.
I talked to Alex Anthopoulos once at spring training in Dunedin. I had tried to do things properly, through the PR department, but that didn’t go anywhere. Then I was standing by this fence and Alex was on the other side and I introduced myself, mentioned that we had emailed a bit when he was assistant GM and he invited me into a quiet area to talk. Afterwards a friend told me that the Jays PR guy was staring at us all the way through and did not appear happy. One of the first things Alex asked was ‘did you try going through the PR people?’. When I said yes, he said ‘And they blew you off right?’. Yep.
So tell us your story.