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Re. Kevin Pillar’s actions last night

May 18, 2017

Obviously, I don’t know Kevin Pillar personally. But from what I’ve seen and heard, he’s a good person who carries himself well. Sadly, he did something last night that was very stupid and disappointing. 

He needs to be held accountable for his actions. The consequence should be a suspension and fine. I understand how it was “the heat of the moment” and frustration. We – as human beings – know what that feels like. Nevertheless, that is no excuse for a homophobic slur. 

In the meantime, Pillar has issued an apology; so has the team. It is a good step forward. 

What happened last night was regrettable. Fortunately, Pillar has acknowledged his error and owned up to it. I am sure he will accept a suspension, take any sensitive training that’s offered and make amends through charitable and community service endeavours. 

I am still glad he plays for the Blue Jays and hope the success he’s had continues. I also hope Pillar will learn from his poor decision and build from it in a positive manner. 

ER

Re. Ervin Santana

March 12, 2014

As you know, Ervin Santana signed with the Atlanta Braves today. Like many Blue Jay fans, I was disappointed.

Disappointed, but not surprised.

Atlanta was desperate to make up for the possible long-term loss of Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor. In addition – as pointed out by Shi Davidi – Santana will probably have better numbers in the NL East than the AL East. Better numbers mean better offers next year.

Not surprisingly, many are criticizing AA and the front office for failing to sign Santana. While respectful criticism is acceptable, there is one thing people appear to be forgetting.

At the end of the day, the ball was always in Ervin Santana’s court. He and agent Jay Alou had the final say and were in full control of everything. This is the purpose of free agency.

If Santana (and Alou) feels he’s better suited for the Braves, then it doesn’t matter how much money and incentives AA throws at him. It also doesn’t matter how many Blue Jays sent him encouraging texts to join the team. It was Santana’s choice. He didn’t choose the Jays. It sucks, but that’s how life is sometimes.

Look at the bright side: At least Santana didn’t sign with Baltimore. Small victories are still victories.

Eric aka @TheHek


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