In his book The Rocket That Fell to Earth, author Jeff Pearlman says Clemens, who arrived in Toronto the same season the Jays fired Gaston as manager, influenced the club to bring in Gaston's replacement, Tim Johnson.
Gaston, it turns out, hadn't heard the news, but it's not like hearing it changed his image of Clemens. That's been entrenched for more than a decade.
"He's an a-----e himself. A complete a-----e," Gaston said with a chuckle. "And I'll say that loud, right in his face. It was all about him. Ain't about nobody else but him."
"When he's pitching, everyone's in the dugout pulling for him, but when he's not pitching he's not in the dugout," Gaston said. "I didn't feel like he supported his teammates as much as he wanted support."
He also challenged Gaston's authority in front of the team, once questioning the manager's refusal to pull Pat Hentgen from a game. Gaston says Clemens never brought those criticisms to his face, and he regrets not confronting him over it.
"He wouldn't (confront me). One of us would have had an ass whuppin' that day," Gaston said. "It might have been me, but he still would have known I was there."
Yoda wrote:There is more than one side to every story. You should know this better than anyone else.
Sure, I bet Clemens made a valid criticism concerning Cito's management of Hentgen that game, but I'm not sure what that has to do with an argument about class. Clemens was disliked by his peers practically everywhere he went during his career for a reason, and if he had a hand in getting Cito fired (and there's no reason to believe he didn't), I can see why Cito would be pissed.
Would it have been better if Cito just kept his mouth shut like he usually does? Probably, but the fact that he didn't just tells you how strong his feelings actually were about Roger.
Yoda wrote:It just seems weird that Cito would hold a grudge for this long before coming out to say these things only after Clemens was accused of doing roids.
He didn't "come out to say these things." Reporters asked him what he thought about Jeff Pearlman's book and what was written inside it (that Clemens influenced Gaston's firing). Cito hadn't heard about that or read about that before saying what he did, but he was justifiably pissed at hearing it from the reporters. It wasn't like he called the reporters over so he could bash Clemens.
Would he have said anything if Clemens wasn't accused of doing roids? Well probably not, but that's only because Pearlman never would have wrote a book about Clemens. Which obviously means Cito would have never been asked questions about a book that didn't exist.