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Friday, September 18, 2009

Toronto Star: The Richard Griffin Mailbag

On the Blue Jay/Yankee brouhehe…

However the best line of the post-game came from Brandon League. Coach Brian Butterfield used to be a Yankees minor-league instructor and has constantly regaled anyone that will listen regarding his positive influence on the development of at least one Yankee captain superstar middle infielder future Hall-of-Famer. Butter was asked jokingly if he was the guy that punched Joe Girardi. Before he could answer, League walked by and said, “No, Butter was busy hugging Jeter.” then walked out of the room.

And on to the mail…

Is it just me or has JP disappeared off the face of the earth (not a bad thing)? I notice in the past three weeks that Cito is more the spokesperson for the team. Is this an organizational decision and a sign that JP is not going be around much longer? What are you hearing? Keep up the good work on the blog.

A: It’s not so much that Ricciardi has disappeared off the face of the earth, but he’s become less quotable in the U.S. media. For example when the Jays were on the field for batting practice at new Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Ricciardi sat in the dugout – as he usually does in N.Y. and Boston – and was approached by one, count them, one Japanese journalist. Usually the way it works, J.P. emerges from the tunnel and is swarmed by his U.S. high-profile East Coast media friends. However since most of these same friends have buried J.P. in the press in the last three weeks, they may feel a little chagrined in coming up and backslapping him now and quoting him about the unfairness of the T-O media and the impossibility of competing against the big boys of the AL East. The organizational dependence on J.P. as its face peaked back in the winter of 2003-04 after the Jays unexpectedly won 86 games. It has now reached its nadir.


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