You don’t have to look too hard to realize that the bench boss of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto City Hall’s head honcho are absolutely one and the same. Both John Gibbons and Mayor Rob Ford both have had their fare share of moments when it comes down to their innate ability to make questionable decisions. Pair that with the fact that they have both been caught on camera in a few sloppy moments, and you all of a sudden have the perfect sequel to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Step Brothers.”
By no means does this suggest that Gibbons takes part in a certain type of extracurricular activity such as the one that Mr. Ford admitted to in recent history. However, given the way Gibbons comes across a lot of the time, one may suggest otherwise. The Jays’ skipper isn’t exactly the most well put together man who is currently at the helm of a team that more than ever seems to need the guidance of someone other than him. Much like Ford, not many people that reside in the Greater Toronto Area or city proper really understand why Gibbons still has a job, especially given the absolute disaster he was partly responsible for last season as the new manager of the Jays.
Another similarity between Gibbons and Mayor Ford is that they were both given two very prosperous opportunities in regards to the positions they were somehow able to weasel their way into. When Ford became mayor in 2010, he was suddenly in charge of a city that had arguably the most potential to grow at a rapid rate in all of North America. Similar to Ford’s initial situation was Gibbon’s new gig with the Jays, when he was somehow rehired by Alex Anthopoulos for the 2013 season after being fired in 2008. Gibbons inherited a star-studded lineup that had the ability to win right away, just as long as they were kept in check and made sure they were motivated to play solid baseball, day in and day out and the whole way through.
Believe it or not, amongst all the similarities between two of Toronto’s ‘finest,’ there is indeed one big difference that comes into play when all is said and done. Despite the political turmoil that Mayor Ford has created for himself, he has done a decent job in regards to Toronto’s growth in many aspects of the city and its plans for the future. Gibbons, on the other hand, wasn’t even close to righting the ship that he was steering in the wrong direction right from the get go.
It’s time to see what Gibbons can do with his predictable and undeserving second chance. I guess if he really is anything like Mayor Ford, he will find a way to make it work and actually do his job.