Blue Jays’ John Gibbons stands by comments after controversial loss

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons did not apologize for angry comments he made after his team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. 
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Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is standing by the comments he made after his team’s controversial loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays lost after replay ruled a Jose Bautista slide into second base illegal in the ninth inning. The call took Toronto’s go-ahead run off the board and instead ended the game on an automatic double play. 

“It’s really an embarrassment,” Gibbons said after the game. “You’re going to end the game like that? It’s a joke.

“Maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow. Maybe that’s what everybody’s looking for.”

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Wednesday, Gibbons told reporters the comments were all in good fun.

“It was meant as a little humor. My mom, my wife, my daughter found it kind of funny,” Gibbons said. “They know me. I do think the world needs to lighten up a bit. So I’ll move on from that.”

The Jays took two of three games from the Rays in their opening series.