John Gibbons catches reporters off guard with Donald Trump reference

John Gibbons caught Blue Jays reporters off guard with a joke about Donald Trump on Sunday. (Fred Thornhill/CP)

One day after U.S. President Donald Trump was lampooned at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to have some fun with members of the media at the expense of the polarizing world leader.

Following Toronto’s 3-1 win over the Rays, a reporter asked Gibbons if he had any pregame concerns over Aaron Sanchez’s readiness to pitch on Sunday, considering the right-hander lasted just one inning. When the question was framed as a result of second-guessing from the social media crowd, the Texan decided to invoke the name of Twitter’s most famous/infamous denizen.

“That’s the world we live in,” he said. “Just ask Donald Trump.”

Gibbons’ unexpected Trump reference quieted the group of Canadian reporters, the majority of whom’s political affiliation can be relatively easily deduced.

“Everybody questions everything you do,” Gibbons continued with a wry smile. “Good or bad.”

As the press conference concluded, the sly manager wondered why the room had gone so silent.

“You guys don’t like Donald Trump?”