Blue Jays' Shapiro: 'I want to play the Indians'
Mark Shapiro and the Toronto Blue Jays are prepared for things to get very personal.
Moments after Josh Donaldson's dramatic series-clinching run booked the Blue Jays a ticket in the ALCS, Toronto's president was asked whether he cared about facing his former team, the Cleveland Indians, who enter Monday's Game 3 with the Boston Red Sox holding a commanding 2-0 series lead.
"No, I care. I care," Shapiro told Sportsnet's Barry Davis. "I want to play the Indians."
Shapiro, a two-time Executive of the Year in Cleveland, officially joined the Blue Jays last winter after spending 25 years in the Indians organization. Shortly after he was introduced as the Blue Jays' new president, Shapiro hired former Cleveland executive Ross Atkins to assume general manager duties in Toronto.
Atkins and Shapiro won a division title and earned two playoff appearances during 15 years together in the Indians front office, and it appears as though the latter is eager to get reacquainted with his former colleagues.
Led by president Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona, the Indians won 94 games and the AL Central in their first season without Shapiro. Cleveland can book a date with Toronto in the ALCS on Monday, when the Indians try to sweep Boston out of the playoffs.
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