SOME HORSE SENSE FROM GIB­BONS

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Steve Buffery

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.

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