"I just feel like I'm too much of a distraction right now. And I want the team to be able to concentrate."
(Jose Rijo, via Nationals Journal, 2/21/2009)
Lest there be any doubt that Jose Rijo doesn't have the best interests of the Nationals in mind, always!
In the photo above, Jose Rijo is seen fulfilling his duties as special assistant to the GM, scouting Tee Ball players during a game on the South Lawn of the White House last June. According to Nationals Enquirer sources, despite the fact that most of the players that day were 7 years old, Rijo reported back to his bosses with the names of several promising 3 year olds. Apparently, no money exchanged hands as a result.
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention Jose's ailing mother (via Washington Times):
"With all the questions swirling and with all the work being done still on this matter, we felt it would be a good time for him to be away from here. And this is sad, but it is true, his mother has been ailing. So we said OK, this would just make more sense. So that's why he has left."
Wait, did he leave because he didn't want to be a distraction, because of "all the questions swirling", or because of his ailing mother?