They Say Don't Meet Your Heroes

They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but as a young man, I was a big fan of former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. I enjoyed how he carried himself with the press; I loved how he stuck up for his team, but what I loved the most about John Gibbons was that he seemed genuine.

When I reached out to John to see if he’d be willing to sit down and do an interview for Job Skills’ Compass Magazine June edition, my expectations weren’t high. I reached out to many notable figures and learned that rejection and being ignored come with starting a new publication. I get it. When I contacted John, we had just released our second-ever edition. The front cover featured ‘Getting Sauced’ host Ryan Lindley. I hoped that Ryan agreeing to be on the cover would get the ball rolling. – When Gibbons replied to me and gave me his phone number to arrange the date, I was over the moon happy. However, I wondered if Gibbons would be the same guy I thought he was.

They say, “Don’t meet your heroes,” but then I met John Gibbons. I spoke to John on the phone, and then we spent about an hour on a video call the next day, and John Gibbons was everything I expected him to be and then some. Whatever version you have of Gibby, that’s exactly who he is. Gibby gave candid answers, was humble, and proved to be a great human being.

Below is my interview with John Gibbons for Job Skills’ Compass Magazine. Enjoy!


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