Moose has few fans in TO

TORONTO — Riding the elevator up to the press level here at Rogers Centre, I was standing beside Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi and the friendly elevator operator. He turned to J.P., points to Mike Mussina’s name on the lineup sheet that was taped to the wall and said, “I don’t like this guy.”

He isn’t alone. It’s no secret that Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston isn’t a fan of Mussina, and that’s putting it lightly. Earlier this season, when asked about Mussina — tonight’s starter for the Yankees — Gaston said, “Mike Mussina can kiss my [posterior], and you can tell him I said that,”

Today, when told that Mussina might never win 20 games in a season if Toronto won tonight’s game, Gaston smiled and said, “Man, I wish I was playing.” There were laughs all around as Cito left the dugout. Gaston’s dislike of Mussina dates back to the 1993 All-Star Game in Baltimore, when the manager didn’t use the pitcher in his home city.

In the ninth inning, Mussina began to warm up in the bullpen — without the go-ahead from Gaston — and he later claimed that he was simply throwing a side session in preparation for his next start. That was his story, but it was thought by some to be Mussina’s way of trying to force his way into the game. Gaston instead used Toronto’s Duane Ward to finish off the AL’s win.

Good times.

As for today’s Blue Jays? Casey Janssen is in town and is throwing from a distance of roughly 105 feet. He’ll work his way up to 120 feet and then on to a mound over the next month before shutting it down for a month or so.

Gaston said that the rotation for the upcoming series in Baltimore will be Scott Richmond, John Parrish and Jesse Litsch. David Purcey has been shut down for the season in light of the volume of innings he’s thrown between Triple-A and Toronto.

Today’s lineups:

NEW YORK (85-71) at TORONTO (83-73)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Brett Gardner, CF
Johnny Damon, LF
Bobby Abreu, RF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jason Giambi, 1B
Xavier Nady, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Cody Ransom, SS
Jose Molina, C

PITCHING: RHP Mike Mussina (18-9, 3.57)

Joe Inglett, 2B
Marco Scutaro, SS
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Adam Lind, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C
Travis Snider, DH

PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch (12-8, 3.72)


  1. gsjays

    Shutting down Purcey is a good move. He’s already tossed 182 innings this year which is almost 3 times what he tossed last year, and likely the most he’s ever thrown.


    Go to gameday and look at the calls by the Ump Wells had a pitch that was inside by a foot and it was called a strike by the Yankee fan Ump.It’s a good thing Kate is not on because she would have a ugly on for sure lol.


    Mussina has had a great season this year. That being said, he is the most over-rated pitcher in the last 15 years or so. I never knew that story with Gaston and Mussina. I am now a big fan of Cito Gaston! LOL!!



    Congrats to Michigan State with there win over N.D. They go to Bloomington this weekend. Another win for M.S.U.? The Bears melted in the 4th and former Bears q.b. Griese leads the comeback, ouch! lol. Forte sure looks good though.

  5. gsjays

    Actually I had forgot about that incident of Cito with Mussina, until Jordan posted it. I can imagine Cito is boiling on the bench with how our guys are hitting him.


    How about the story i’ve heard about how Mussina actually blamed the length of a pre-game ceromony for Tom Cheek being the biggest factor to a rough first inning he had some time ago. I’ve never liked the guy even before I heard that. It’s just something about him.

    Anyway the Jays are getting some B.S. calls tonight. I thought the Litsch homeplate play could have gone either way though. From one angle he looked safe but from the other 2 it was pretty close.

    I’m hoping to grab a couple of tickets for the last game of the year. I’d love to see Snider hit a homerun.

    Nice to read that Casey has started his throwing program. Hopefully he can be ready by spring training with May being a worst case scenerio.
    It was really great to see Aaron Hill with a smile on his face.
    That made the game worth tuning into tonight.

    As I typed this, nice to see Rolen come through.


    I like Travis Snider as much as the rest of you,BUT as the DH next year no chance and the same with Lind.We need a DH that can hit 40 HR and drive in 120 RBIs a year and NO LESS THAN THAT.
    Trade Lind and Overbay in a package deal for what ever you can get to make room for Snider and sigh Tex and Manny.If Rogers wants to make money and have a winning team they will have to make moves like this in order to fill the stands and get the team into the playoffs.

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