Game 65: Florida at Toronto pregame
Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Now, I’m not going to sit here and defend Blue Jays right fielder Alex Rios’ profanity-laced attack on a fan last weekend He definitely should have kept his trap shut. But, the infamous Youtube clip does not provide the luxury of context.
When Rios denied an autograph to a young fan after a Toronto charity event that night, he did so when he saw a large crowd of autograph seekers waiting to see if he’d sign. Rios told the kid “Not tonight,” and the boy started to walk away. Rios would have felt obligated to sign more than just one and he didn’t want to keep his family waiting.
The boy then approached him a second time, which could mean a couple things: He was just really excited to see Rios and he really wanted his signature, or he might possibly have been sent to get the autograph by autograph hounds. This happens all the time and, as it turns out, a team source told me they have seen this particular boy many times previously with the same group of people he was with that evening.
Of course, that’s when a fan sent some insults Rios’ way and the Jays’ outfielder did what he should not have done, shouted back with some nasty words of his own. The lesson here is to realize that in today’s age of technology and social networking, anything and everything can wind up online for all to see. “I’m just going to say ‘Thanks’ next time,” said Rios, who has apologized pubicly for what took place.
DOC WATCH: The new part has not arrived yet to fix Roy Halladay, so he’s still considered day-to-day. “Yeah, he’s like a cyborg,” joked GM J.P. Ricciardi. Halladay (strained right groin) threw on flat ground in left field for a few minutes on Sunday and he will indeed miss his next scheduled start on Wednesday. If Halladay says he can start on Saturday, “Then he’ll pitch Saturday,” said Ricciardi.
SNIDER UPDATE: Travis Snider is currently on the disabled list with a back injury after tweaking an old injury while with Triple-A Las Vegas, according to Ricciardi. The GM said the injury dates back to something Snider did when he was younger, and it will likely be another two weeks before the young outfielder is cleared to begin playing again.
REALLY? A.J. Burnett kicked out of Boston bookstore:
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Jeremy Hermida, DH
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. Cody Ross, CF
7. Wes Helms, 1B
8. Ronny Paulino, C
9. Brett Carroll, RF
Starter: RHP Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.73)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Adam Lind, LF
5. Scott Rolen, 3B
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Kevin Millar, DH
9. Rod Barajas, C
Starter: LHP Brian Tallet (4-3, 4.12)
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