(Jayson Werth talks to the media after Thursday's win over the Mariners. Also, Werth heard about Jim Riggleman's resignation, and it's a real bummer. Screen grab via CSNWashington.com)
Despondent Jim Riggleman fan Jayson Werth might not ever get over Jim Riggleman's resignation.
Here's Jayson Werth on Jim Riggleman's resignation:
"It's not going to change anything in here. We're the ones that have been making pitches and hitting balls and winning ballgames. We're going to keep going. I feel good about these guys in here, the direction of this franchise. I think there's a lot of positives and a lot of good things to come from this team. We're moving forward."
(Jayson Werth, via CSNWashington.com, 6/23/2011)
Clearly, Jayson Werth is broken up over the news. Consider this, from Washington Times' Nathan Fenno:
And here's Riggleman, talking about how he thought Nats' players would react to the news:
"You know, some of 'em, it's probably the best news they could've got today..."
(Jim Riggleman, via MASN, 6/23/2011)
Might as well rehash Werth's comments from May 25th in Milwaukee, when the S.S. Riggleman was taking on water and sinking fast, and the $126 M Man started complaining to the media (later complained that the media misquoted him or something, but whatever.):
"I’ve got some ideas obviously, and some thoughts, none I really want to share with the world. I think it’s pretty obvious what’s going on around here. I’m not really going to get into it right now. It is what it is. It’s unfortunate. We’re a way better ballclub."
(Jayson Werth, via Washington Post, 5/25/2011)
"Good players are resilient. They bounce back. I believe in these guys in here. We've got a great group of guys. We've got a lot of talent. We just need to keep going. A lot of these guys are kind of still learning. We've got to make sure they continue to develop, regardless of whether they're winning or losing, because I think that's important to the future of this club. But things need to change."
(Jayson Werth, via MASNSports.com, 5/25/2011)
Nary a peep from Rizzo about those comments, and although Riggleman and Werth reportedly buried the hatchet in a closed-door meeting a few weeks later, can you blame Riggles for wanting to have a conversation with Rizzo about a contract extension-- especially if he's feeling that he's losing the clubhouse? (*cough* *cough* MarquisdugouttiradeinBaltimore *cough*) But during one of the hottest stretches in the brief history of the Washington Nationals? Does it warant career suicide? Must have gotten pretty bad for Jim Riggleman; either that or Riggleman has lost his mind.