John Gibbons says ‘dresses’ quip ‘was meant as a little humor’
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn’t feel inclined to apologize for a comment he made in anger after Tuesday’s controversial 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Gibbons suggested that major league players “might as well wear dresses” on the field after Tuesday’s game ended when Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was called out after interfering with Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe. Had Bautista been safe, it would have resulted in the Blue Jays staking a 4-3 lead.
Instead, the two runs that scored on the play were taken away and the Rays were instead awarded the victory, albeit a bizarre one.
Gibbons, along with several other members of the Blue Jays, were irate over the controversial manner in which the game ended. But the Blue Jays skipper was particularly frontal with his comments.
“I guess we’ll come out wearing dresses (next time),” he said. “Maybe that’s what everybody’s looking for.
“You’re turning the game into a joke. That is flat-out embarrassing.’’
The manager received a heavy dose of criticism on social media for his comments but refused to back down from them Wednesday morning, instead suggesting that those offended were taking what he said far too seriously.
“It was meant as a little humor,” Gibbons said, according to multiple reports, via USA TODAY. “My mom, my wife, my daughter found it kind of funny. They know me. I do think the world needs to lighten up a bit. So, I’ll move on from that.”
Regardless of how one personally feels about Gibbons’ “dresses” quip, it shouldn’t be at all surprising that his comments created a buzz, with most of the reactions highly critical of Gibbons for what many view as a sexist, politically incorrect point of view.