"There was no reason to go back," he says. "I took all my stuff and went home." Home is in Dunedin, Fla., where the Jays train in the spring. "I spent 9� years in the Blue Jays' organization," he says. "I have good feelings about Toronto."
Blue Jay vice-president Al LaMacchia, who has been with Toronto since the birth of the Jays in 1977, is yet another one with links to both teams, having previously been a scout for the Braves for 16 years. "I used to think of Bobby Cox as a son," he says, smiling, "but now that we're playing them in the World Series, he's more of a son-in-law."