SOME HORSE SENSE FROM GIBBONS
Part way through his post-game media conference on Saturday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons asked if anybody new who Silky Sullivan was.
“That name was passed on to me today,” he said.
A Toronto Sun scribe suggested that it was either a race horse or a boxer. “Google it,” said Gibbons. It was Googled, and Gibbons asked the Sun guy to read what the description said, so he did: “Silky Sullivan was an American thoroughbred race horse best known for his come-from-behind racing style.
His name is now a term used in sports and politics for someone who seems so far behind the competition that they cannot win, yet they do.” “Yet they do,” said Gibbons emphatically. The Toronto skipper then stood up and said: “Have a good one,” before leaving.
The point of this equine history lesson, apparently, was to remind the Toronto media that the Jays — though 14.5 out of first in the AL East heading into Saturday’s MLB games — still have a chance — even if it is a longshot. A big long-shot.