The Omar Vizquel-John Farrell relationship went sideways in June of 2012.

Both men were wearing Blue Jays uniforms.

Both had their own good intentions, but each was operating on a parallel paths.

Vizquel is from Venezuela and the man everyone his country’s baseball community looks up to and not simply because he’s headed to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

He’s admired for what he did in June that season. The Jays back-up infielder chose to fly in the family of starter Henderson Alvarez from Valencia, Venz., to Miami. The family could not afford the flight and Alvarez was earning basically the major-league minimum of $482,900 US.

The Alvarez family made the seven-hour flight north to see the right-hander pitch against the Marlins. Alvarez was scheduled to start the final game of the series on Sunday June 24.

Farrell had other ideas.

Now, you have to remember this was just days after the not-so-memorable week which saw Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison all walked off the mound with injuries after pitching a combined five innings (facing a total of 25 hitters in the three games).

They Jays headed on the road starting Alvarez, Jesse Chavez and Joel Carreno in Milwaukee against the Brewers and then headed to south Florida.

The Alvarez family arrived with one and all giving Vizquel hugs of thanks.

Meanwhile, in the manager’s office, Farrell had decided to bump Alvarez from his scheduled Sunday start to Monday when the Jays were at Fenway Park. Instead, Chavez would pitch the finale of the Marlins series.

Eventually news filtered to Vizquel. Knowing the expense he’d gone to flying the Alvarez family in to see him pitch and now he was not going to start, the infielder headed for Farrell’s office.