(Rob Dibble strikes a pose alongside Bob Carpenter. Photo by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
(please stop throwing things!)
But while we're sitting around waiting for the Bryce Harper press release (Solis and Ray are official, A.J. Cole probably coming in a matter of minutes since that *cough* *cough* "snag" has been worked out), we thought we'd chime in late on The Great Rob Dibble Scandal of 2010, where even Dibble's apologies may or may not have gone far enough.
Look, what Rob Dibble said last Wednesday night was, among other things, mean-spirited and just plain dumb, but you have to wonder how much the reaction -- mostly outrage -- had to do with Rob Dibble being the person making the ill-fated jokes about those silly women chatting about shopping at a baseball game.
On Sunday, Jim Riggleman was asked by reporters whether Jason Marquis would make his next start for the Nationals. Here are a couple of published versions of how he answered the question:
"Well, I'm a woman. I can change my mind," Riggleman joked. "I'm not going to get locked into anything. I anticipate he'll be starting."
(via Nats Insider, 8/16/2010)
"When the dust settles, we'll probably run Jason out there again," Manager Jim Riggleman said. ..Riggleman added later, "I'm a woman. I can change my mind. I'm not going to be locked into anything, but as I sit here right now I'm anticipating he'll make his next start."
(via Nationals Journal, 8/15/2010)
Oh you silly, indecisive, women! But while we didn't read/hear a single peep about Riggleman's comments around NatsTown (very possible we just mised it), we'd venture a guess that if Dibble had been sitting in Riggleman's seat making that crack, there would be rioting in the streets. Or on the internet, whatever.
Again -- what Dibble said was insensitive and dumb. We're really not here to defend him, despite the title of the post. But you have to wonder what the reaction would have been if MASN's Ray Knight had said those things last Wednesday night rather than Dibble? Or former MASN Nats color guys Don Sutton or Tom Paciorek?