Thank you, Cito Gaston, and good luck…

29 09 2010

It will be a bittersweet night for Toronto Blue Jays fans at the Rogers Centre tonight, as well as for outgoing Jays manager Cito Gaston.

After the season-ending road trip in Minnesota over the weekend, Cito will conclude his second tour of duty as the Jays skipper, and will take on an advisory role with the team as of next year. Tonight will be his final game at home as manager, and fittingly, the game is being called “Thank you, Cito” night, to celebrate his career with the club.

Granted, during Cito’s most recent turn in the dugout, the Jays did not see the playoffs. Indeed, the Jays did not take part in the postseason after their back-to-back World Championships in 1992-93. But the Jays have fared much better than had been predicted last spring. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, they will finish with at least a .500 record, and I believe much of the credit for that has to go to Cito, who was also the skipper for the two World Series years.

This Canadian Press story, as published on TSN.ca, does a better job at detailing the kind of career that Cito has had, and what he’s done for the Jays and baseball in general, far better than I could ever hope to.

I join other Blue Jays fans at congratulating Cito Gaston on his work with the Jays, and wish him all the best.

Thank you, Cito – well done!

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