Blue Jays manager John Schneider saves local woman from choking with Heimlich maneuver
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By Thomas Hall3 months ago
Not all heroes wear capes, as evidenced by Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider on Saturday.
While attending lunch at a local restaurant in the Dunedin area with his wife, Jess, a woman at another table started choking on a piece of shrimp and immediately sought help from those around her. Schneider, who learned the Heimlich maneuver in grade school, jumped out of his chair to provide first aid and ended up saving the woman’s life.
Afterwards, the Blue Jays’ skipper was treated to a round of applause and a free beer, which assisted with calming down his heart rate after performing a life-saving feat.
“I was a little bit rattled afterwards, so the beer did come in handy,” Schneider explained.
Schneider is regularly required to perform under pressure at the ballpark. This time, however, he was thrust into a high-stress situation away from baseball and did not think twice about performing a heroic act. He was simply in the right place at the right time.
The Princeton, New Jersey, native also revealed new information regarding the club’s celebratory home-run jacket, saying it might be time for a change. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but they intend to celebrate more accomplishments than just hitting round-trippers.
“It wouldn’t be surprising if it was something different this year,” said Schneider. “I think the overall message, whether it’s putting a jacket on or doing something in the dugout, [is] we want to celebrate more than just home runs.”
Schneider was named interim manager last season following Charlie Montoyo’s firing, becoming the 15th manager in franchise history. The 43-year-old led his team to a 46-28 record, finishing atop the American League wild-card standings before falling to the Seattle Mariners 2-0 in the opening round of the 2022 post-season.
The Blue Jays inked Schneider to a three-year contract extension over the off-season, which includes a 2026 club option.
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