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Blue Jays' Arencibia Doesn't Back Down From Criticism Of Team Broadcasters Zaun, Hayhurst
Published July 8, 2013
TARGET PRACTICE: The NATIONAL POST's John Lott noted Arencibia's "main complaints" are that Zaun and Hayhurst have "made him a constant target this season, and they do not inform their commentary by showing up to talk to him or his teammates before home games." But when Hayhurst "approached Arencibia in the clubhouse Thursday afternoon," the two "conferred quietly." Arencibia "did most of the talking" (NATIONAL POST, 7/75). The TORONTO SUN wrote it was a "dopey move by Arencibia who doesn’t understand that he will never win a pissing match with the media." Hayhurst and Zaun have been "big critics of Arencibia -- they think he’s a lousy catcher." It is "up to Arencibia to prove them wrong, on the field not on the air" (TORONTOSUN.com, 7/4). The GLOBE & MAIL's Jeff Blair wrote Arencibia's "presence on social media makes it easy for the cynical to see him as some kind of publicity whore, but the fact is it’s just the way he’s wired." Arencibia: “Doing things I do -- being in social media and putting my face out there at charity events -- exposing myself as one of faces … I understand I open myself up." The "flip side, is Arencibia is overly sensitive to criticism" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/5). In Toronto, Richard Griffin wrote the "unfortunate part for the Jays is that Arencibia pays too much attention to social media, to the fans to the critics that react instantly." He "needs to shut his critics up with his play" (THESTAR.com, 7/4).
GOING TOO FAR: SPORTSNET’s Michael Grange wrote Arencibia has "jumped the shark by calling out" Zaun and Hayhurst. The "problem Arencibia faces is that his critics are treading on solid ground." So "play good and everyone shuts up" (SPORTSNET.ca, 7/4). The NATIONAL POST provided a full transcript of Arencibia's criticism of Zaun and Hayhurst (NATIONAL POST, 7/5).