Chipper Jones indeed made a very unkind statement about Toronto borne from his brief visit during the WBC: “I donâ€™t know if you ever stayed in Toronto, but itâ€™s not exactly Las Vegas. To say that we were plucking our eyebrows out one at a time would be an understatement.”Â We’ve established that Mr. Jones will not be joining the State Department post-baseball.
(Yes, Chipper; Toronto is “up”. This seems like overkill, though.)
However, Toronto has lost its collective mind over Chipper’s comments. DEADSPIN noted the local blog outrage, but we all pay attention to this guy on a regular basis. The Toronto papers have leaped into the fray as well, mocking his Southern manner in questionable “humor” pieces and penning lazy editorials demanding Chipper never come back to Toronto. (Apparently, they get Wikipedia in Canada.)
First, Toronto sports fans are collectively rather outrageous and defensive. We shouldn’t be surprised if the whole city gets its dander up over negative comments. However, we also find out the locals haven’t been following baseball for the last 15 years because this is Chipper Jones we’re talking about.
We know some people can’t get enough of Larry, but this is the man that once tried to impress Kelly Clarkson with his moves at a NASCAR race and got gutted when she didn’t recognize him. Hell, he impregnated a Hooters waitress while married.
Of course he prefers Vegas! The only place he seems to love more is the trainer’s table.Â This is not a man that appreciates a cosmopolitan city. Not everyone does.
So learn to laugh a few off, Toronto; no one seriously thinks you have to defend yourselves against Chipper Jones. Do you see the other big cities getting defensive when the traveling circus comes through town and the clowns look bored? (Well, maybe Calgary. Man, that town’s dull!)