Bet's off

DUNEDIN, Fla. – There was no way this was gonna fly. Shaun Marcum walked out of the Blue Jays’ clubhouse here at The Mattick this morning, heading to the agility field for stretch.

General manager J.P. Ricciardi’s youngest son, 9-year-old Mariano, sprinted over to Marcum, beaming: "You owe me $100! You owe me $100!"

Marcum stopped, turned around, went back into the clubhouse and returned with a bill in his hand. "Here you go," he said, tossing the money to Mariano. "I’ll bring you $50 more tomorrow."

Mariano walked toward assistant GM Bart Given, who understandably had an eyebrow raised. "I made a bet with Shaun," Mariano said. "You better tell your dad," Given replied.

Turns out that Mariano made a wager with Marcum on the Tampa Bay-Boston NHL game on Saturday night. "If the Lightning won, I had to tell my dad to give him a five-year contract. If the Bruins won, Shaun had to give me $100. My dad made me give it back to him."

"There’s no place for betting in sports," Ricciardi said with a grin.

I’m not an expect on league rules, but I’m pretty sure a GM’s little kids shouldn’t be betting on sports with the players. It was definitely a comical exchange this morning.

The Jays put out an official release to announce the Shannon Stewart signing. So, it’s official, there’s a surplus of outfielders.

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