(Jim Riggleman looked like he was ready to vomit in the midst of another loss to the Marlins on Sunday. Screengrab of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
"It kind of confirms what I was watching there for a couple of innings.When every coach gets to speak up and confirm it, it's not coming from the same person, so the meeting took longer. ... I thought our energy level, our body language early in the game was not up to the standards it takes to go to the next level. I just felt we were not getting after it."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nationals.com, 9/12/2010)
"I don't think there's anybody in here happy with the way the year is going, but it's not over yet. We still have a lot of baseball to play. I'm not sitting here saying we can make the playoffs, but we can right this ship, get it moving in the right direction for next year."
(Ian Desmond, via MASNSports.com, 9/12/2010)
*Sigh* The Nationals were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday. And there's still a lot of baseball to play.
Riggleman holds team meeting after 5th straight loss, lets his coaches do some of the talking because nobody's listening?
Okay, so the Nats are sitting at 60-83, 19 games to go, officially eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday...and the possibility of 70 wins is looking like a pipe dream.
But there is at least one silver lining after today's beating: the Nationals don't have to face the Marlins again in 2010. Good news!