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The eyes of Canada are on John Gibbons

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08:09 AM ET 02.28 | North of the border, John Gibbons has the opportunity of a lifetime, and he knows it. He loves the position but worries about it. He comes across as absolutely relaxed yet admits to being nervous. "The whole country is excited," he said in a lengthy one-on-one interview. "Expectations are through the roof. That's a lot of pressure. I welcome that. I'm not overwhelmed by it. But I haven't gone through it before and we haven't played a game that counts yet." ... He had opportunities for other big-league jobs before, just didn't get them. He interviewed twice in Seattle in 2010. The Mariners hired Eric Wedge. "I really wanted that job," he said. "That was disappointing."

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February 28, 2013  08:49 AM ET

The bar has been set so high for the Jays this year and if they don't make the playoffs it will be a disappointing season for them and their fans.

February 28, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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The bar has been set so high for the Jays this year and if they don't make the playoffs it will be a disappointing season for them and their fans.

It's been a while since they had back to back championships during the Joe Carter days.

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February 28, 2013  11:03 AM ET

The eyes of Canada are on the players of this team. There will be less concern with what John does, as long as the players play to 3/4 of their potential. John just needs to do what he did last time, witht the exception of being a little more aggressive on the base paths. There will be little attention on Gibby unless they start tanking or he makes a few bone head calls, which I don't foresee, especially to the degree of Farrell last year, but that's beantowns migraine now.

If the Jays make the playoffs, it will be what they were suppose to do. If they don't then it'll be on Gibby, whether just cause or not.

February 28, 2013  12:50 PM ET
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The eyes of Canada are on the players of this team. There will be less concern with what John does, as long as the players play to 3/4 of their potential. John just needs to do what he did last time, witht the exception of being a little more aggressive on the base paths. There will be little attention on Gibby unless they start tanking or he makes a few bone head calls, which I don't foresee, especially to the degree of Farrell last year, but that's beantowns migraine now. If the Jays make the playoffs, it will be what they were suppose to do. If they don't then it'll be on Gibby, whether just cause or not.

You realize that your last two sentences completely contradict your previous paragraph? The point of the story is Gibbons dealing with a boatload of pressure and expectations. You say the "eyes" are on the players - then say that Gibbons will be fine unless the team tanks, then it's all on him. Which way is it?

February 28, 2013  02:02 PM ET

I was just saying, as it seems to work in baseball, if a talented team succeeds, the players will get the credit. If they don't then everyone is questioning whether this is a reflection of the teams manager. I, like many, believe this team is going to be successful, whether division or wildcard, and don't think Gibby will feel much pressure after the season gets rolling. I was just commenting on the title, after the off season the jays had, the fans aren't waiting to see J.G., it's the players we wanna see. can't wait for opening day.

Maybe I'm bias thou, as I was upset with Riccardi when he let him go(an with almost every other move J.P. made), and was awe struck when he was rehired. His biggest strength last time was the use of his bullpen(former catcher), and after watching Farrell for the last two years, is a blessing. I'm hoping that he here for a long time, because then it would mean the Jays have had some success.

February 28, 2013  04:35 PM ET

Meanwhile, Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projection system has projected the Blue Jays to rack up their sixth consecutive 4th place in the AL East.

February 28, 2013  10:56 PM ET
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Meanwhile, Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projection system has projected the Blue Jays to rack up their sixth consecutive 4th place in the AL East.

That sounds about right.

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March 1, 2013  06:48 AM ET

Go Get Um Gibby!!!! eah!

 
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