So, Cam (from Blue Jays Nation) texted me and told me about this interview that I needed to listen to on ‘Executive Access’ with the great Alex Anthopoulos – which you may have already checked out – and asked me to type something up about it.
And the truth is I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to dive into it because I have a couple other projects on the go, and I just recently did an Anthopoulos piece, but in it I said this:
When Alex Anthopoulos took over as GM in 2009, the young Canadian kid brought with him a new hope. He was blue-collar, he was like one of us, he understood us, and, more importantly, he wanted to win (and he got rid of Vernon Wells’ contract.)
However, today, some fans are highly critical of how he ‘emptied out the cupboards’ to construct the 25-man roster that led to that playoff run. These complaints are given new life with every Syndergaard win and Tulowitzki trip to the DL. Personally, I wouldn’t trade the bat-flip that had our entire nation screaming for a thing.
Now, after listening to this recent interview, I feel even more strongly about everything awesome that Anthopoulos did to light the baseball-wick in Canada. And I knew that I had to share some of the interesting things that Alex said, as he looked back on his time in Toronto and revealed many cool truths.
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