(That's Rob Dibble on the left in the MASN TV booth high above Nationals Park. Photo by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
Score another one for the Internet. As reported earlier this afternoon everywhere, Rob Dibble will take at least the next two games off to let his latest incendiary comments blow over -- you know, the ones where he said Stephen Strasburg should just suck it up and pitch through the pain. Ray Knight will sit in Rob's chair next to Bob Carpenter (here's hoping Ray brought his telestrator pen!) for the next two games. The deposed Village Idiot of Nats Town, Stan Kasten, had a fantastic take on Dibs' days off, via Nationals Journal:
"Rob asked for some time off. Perhaps he's not feeling well. But I'm not a doctor, nor have I seen his records. So I shouldn't say anything more about it."
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals Journal, 8/25/2010)
Good one, Stan! Say what you want about Ol' Dibs, but the guy is a pro -- he's playing up his role as heel of NatsTown to perfection. Unfortunately this isn't pro wrestling. But personally, it feels like we've reached a tipping point, where listening/reading everybody bashing Rob Dibble has almost become more annoying than listening to Rob Dibble.
NTP Nate offers some good advice as usual: mute button.