Former Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Kelly Gruber was recently called upon to be a “Pitch Talks” panelist at an event around last weekend’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame ceremonies. Things didn’t go well.
Gruber was on hand to support friend a former teammate Lloyd Moseby, who was inducted. But upon being called to the stage, Gruber made derogatory comments to host Ashley Docking and generally appeared to be intoxicated.
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As a result of his actions, Gruber was asked not to participate in any more events around the Hall of Fame ceremony, or “Pitch Talks” panels.
— Kevin Kennedy (@LocalAgitator) June 15, 2018
Per Gregory Strong of Canadian Press Sports, Gruber did issue one comment.
“There’s two sides to every story and I would love to tell mine,” Gruber said. “Maybe what I said was taken the wrong way. My intention for being there was to honour my teammate and buddy Lloyd, and the interview part went south for a variety of reasons which I will detail at a later date.”
Maybe his eventual explanation (assuming one comes) will shed some light on this. Until then, though, this was not a good look for Gruber.
Gruber played from 1984-1993. He was a Blue Jay through the 1992 season and was a part of the franchise’s first World Series championship team. He retired after an 18-game stint with the then California Angels in 1993.