BLUE JAYS PECKING ORDER 101
For those that may wonder how the totem pole of seniority works in a major-league clubhouse with regards to the interaction between superstars and rookies, this morning's Jays' clubhouse provided a beautiful, hilarious example.
The Jays' No. 1 everything, Roy Halladay, was on his way out the front door to the field when he was called back. He reached into a loaded bucket of individually wrapped Double Bubble to grab one. As he turned back he inadvertently pulled the bucket and it crashed to the floor sending the wrapped gum scattering all across the entrance like a candy carpet and even under a wire rack.
The next player out behind Doc was rookie Travis Snider who had observed what happened. He stopped and put his equipment bag down, getting onto his hands and knees trying to get all the gum back into the bucket beside him on the floor.
An amused press corps watched as Halladay came back from his brief meeting, passing Snider with a huge grin on his face. "Thanks," he said as Snider reached under the table like Camilo Villegas lining up a putt. Doc stepped over the mess and pushed his way through the door.
As Snider finished his dirty work, he looked up and smiled. "I know my place," he said. "At least Doc will like me today."
Then Snider gathered his stuff and headed out to the field, returning back inside seconds later ahead of (two-year bench coach) Brian Butterfield who had pointed out to him that he, in fact, didn't need to be out there for stretch for another half hour since he was going to Clearwater on the bus.
"D-ohh!" Oh well, at least Doc liked him for a day.