Wednesday evening marked Cito Gaston’s final home game as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. The team had a huge ceremony to honor the manager who brought the city two World Series titles. They invited his former players out, played video messages and tributes, and his current players even gave him a farewell Rolex. You could tell how much the players love and respect Gaston, and they showed it with a facial hair tribute. Not only did Vernon Wells reference Gaston’s mustache in a speech, but the players all put on fake mustaches to celebrate Gaston. In fact, outfielder Travis Snider drew one on with eye black and even played the entire game with it on. Check it out:
The Jays sent Gaston out at home with an 8-4 win over the Yankees. Snider actually hit a two-run home run in the first and added an RBI single in the second. At 82-76, the Blue Jays are having a fine season. After losing their top two pitchers the past two years, giving away Alex Rios in waivers, and losing half their pitchers to arm injuries, the above-.500 showing is more than impressive. Gaston did a fine job with the bunch in his second tour of duty in Toronto.