(Photo of Jim Riggleman on TV by Nationals Enquirer staff. The new Nats Skipper put to rest any talk that he's a fiery personality with a snoozer of an introductory presser.)
"Everything that we’ve tried to do to this point was all correct - in theory, it’s all correct. Manny did all of the right things, so there’s not a lot of change to make; we’ve just got to get some results. … We’re not going to reinvent the game."
(Jim Riggleman, via Chatter/Washington TImes, 7/15/2009)
Interim Jim Meets the Press...
...and proceeds to simultaneously bore and scare the living crap out of NatsTown with his remarks. But wait, isn't Mr. Riggles supposed to be a hard-ass?
"I feel like I'm a bit of a softy. I think I'm pretty easy. I think I'm easy in the sense that if players are not playing well I understand that; it's a tough game. But if they're not playing hard, that irks me. If they're not respectful of the game, respectful of the uniform, respectful of the fans -- if they do that, that's a problem."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nationals Journal/Washington Post, 7/15/2009)
Softy? Say it ain't so, Jim!
Best of luck to you Mr. Riggleman. We wish you nothing but success the rest of the season - just not too much success, okay? Whatever you do, please don't go and blow the #1 pick in 2010: we want Bryce Harper more than we want a few more meaningless wins in 2009. And don't look now, but here come the Cleveland Indians in the Chase for Worst Place:
Some teams enter the second half of the season bubbling with anticipation over the race to come. The Indians enter screaming. Contenders come out of the All-Star break with destinations unknown. There are divisions to win, wild cards berths to claim. How deep into October can we go?
For a team like the Indians, a team of strangers, their destination is written in stone. When the season ends on Oct. 4, they'll go home after a year filled with injuries, strife, poor performances, votes of confidence and being compared to the Washington Nationals. And that was just the first half.
(via Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/15/2009)