Is Cito Gaston that good, or was John Gibbons that bad? Under Gibbons, the Blue Jays were 48-50, on their way to another under-performing, disappointing season. On June 20th, they turned the Wayback Machine to 1993 and hired two-time World Series manager Cito Gaston to take the helm. Since then, they have been tearing it up at a 32-17 clip to get within shouting distance of the Wild Card. In the unlikely event of a 4-game sweep against the Red Sox this weekend, they would trail Boston by just two-and-a-half games.

The Toronto Star reports the Jays are staying loose in the clubhouse:

After last night’s 6-4 victory over the White Sox, most of the clubhouse eased back to watch the rookies put on a little fashion show.

The first to bite the bullet was B.C. native Scott Richmond, who wriggled a lot less than half of his 6-foot-5 frame into a tie-dyed mini-dress.

Reedy reliever Jesse Carlson was trying to put off donning the ensemble prepared for him by the veterans. His package was labelled “Bozo the Clown.”

“I’m petrified of clowns,” Carlson said. “I shouldn’t have opened my mouth about that.”

The walk of shame awaited them. And then on to Boston, where things get serious again.

Let’s hope Tim Wakefield gets serious tonight, rebounding from his last outing where the Rangers opened up a Texas-sized can of whoop-ass on him. Timmy faced the Jays twice early in the season, giving up three earned in both outings.

Toronto counters with David Purcey, and I just told you everything I know about him.

Time for the Sox to shake off the stench of two tough losses and get back to business.

“This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

Let’s win.