Hey, remember 1992? Johnny Carson signed off, "November Rain" topped the charts, and Cito Gaston's Blue Jays toppled Bobby Cox' Braves in the World Series. Hope you like nostalgia because Gaston and Cox are going to be staring across the diamond at one another again. For three days. This weekend. In a mostly meaningless interleague series. Because they're both sub-.500 teams.
But before he managed the Braves, Bobby Cox was the manager of Toronto and once hired Cito Gaston as a hitting coach. So this series has special special meaning. Perhaps Cox will punch out Gaston's wife for old times' sake. Or perhaps Gaston will bring in Dave Winfield to pinch hit against Charlie Liebrandt. I don't know how these things work.
Here are your pitching matchups:
Friday: Jair Jurrjens (R) vs Dustin McGowan (R)
Saturday: Tim Hudson (R) vs John Parrish (L)
Sunday: Jo-Jo Reyes (L) vs A.J. Burnett (R)
The games will be held in Toronto, so Cox can feel free to use ailing superstar Chipper Jones in the DH role. The Braves are dealing with other injuries, though, including losing backup shortstop Omar Infante in Wednesday's liveglog. That leaves them shorthanded at third base, shortstop, center field, left field, and cultural sensitivity.
Since re-hiring Gaston, the Blue Jays are 3-3 but have scored 6.2 runs per game. Recently called-up left fielder Adam Lind has provided the spark at the bottom of the lineup, hitting .357 with two tater tots and four RBI in the past week. J.P. Ricciardi probably thinks he likes baseball very much and that he plays with passion.