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The great Cito Gaston mystery

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So today a whole slew of Canadian newspapers (and some American newspapers and blogs) reported that Cito Gaston, Blue Jays manager, was livid to learn, via my book, that Roger Clemens had been responsible for his firing back in 1997.

Here’s an article. And here. And here. And here. Here. Here. Here. Here.

There’s just one problem: I never wrote that.

What my book says is that Clemens had a heavy hand in the hiring of Tim Johnson, Gaston’s eventual replacement. But that didn’t take place until well after Gaston was gone.

Gord Ash, Toronto’s former GM, reacted strongly to the report in today’s papers, saying, “There’s no truth to that. [Clemens] never talked to me about it, that’s all I can say. You know that stuff is about 10 years ago, or more. I can only tell you that he never once brought it up to me.”

I’m not mad, and I guess publicity is publicity. But if you’re gonna cite a book, well …

  • Rhymeister

    Interesting…but I wanna talk about those red vests, lol, don’t remember T-Dot Blue Jays having those, man, what an eyesore.

    But Jeff, any PR is better than no PR so it will help w/ getting more attention to your book so lucky Y.O.U. ; )

  • tonym

    Jeff, huge fan of Clemens. Speaking of PR, saw a great review of your book on sportsimproper.com this morning. Definitely going to be a good read.

  • Dan

    Tim Johnson, he was an “honest” one.

  • The Blue Jays have often wore those on July 1, Canada Day.

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