Thursday, 17 January 2013

Darren Oliver - An Open Apology

Dear Mr. Oliver.

Let me start off by saying that I am very excited to hear that you have decided to return to the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2013 season!  Our Bullpen will greatly benefit from having an unbelievable presence and talent like you on our team......

Now that that`s out of the way I have to formally say ``I`m sorry`` for the things that I said, wrote and discussed about you when I heard that the only way you were going to honor your contract with the Toronto Blue Jays was if you were given more money or traded to the Rangers.  My Toronto MLB Fan inferiority complex got the better of me.  

Having you back on our team definitely answers some of the questions that remained about our team for the upcoming season.  Are there still some unanswered questions? Yes.... Who will close, will Santos come back, Was Janssen's shoulder surgery really that minor. who is going to set-up from the young guys in the pen, etc.. but having you back in fold I think allows all Jays to breath a sigh of relief.

I do have one question though......You mentioned that your agent was the guy who made the demands about coming back for more money or how you would only play if you were traded to Texas and you had no knowledge that he made these demands to the Blue Jays!  How do you not fire your agent when he painted you in such a bad spot with the team/fanbase?

The crazy thing about this is that your agent was the one who leaked the info.  We know for sure that it was not AA of the Blue Jays due to their philosophies regarding comments on player negotiations.  How did he ever think trying to play this game through the media would work if you and him never discussed anything..... Or the simpler explanation is just that you did make the demands, but as the Jays didn`t take the bait you tried to save face with the fans by throwing your agent under the bus.

The one major reasons why I believe you didn't give your Agent these directions is that you don't see  conference calls planned for a team to announce that a player has decided not to retire. I was  glad to hear that you wanted to Honor the contract, and get the story straight.

Regardless of if this is true or not, i'm still pretty excited that you will be back in a Blue Jays uniform for 2013.  2012 was a  tough year for the Jays, but the games were alot easier to watch when you were on the mound!.

Go Jays Go and best of luck in 2013!

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