While you're sitting around waiting for the Nationals to officially announce the hiring of Davey Johnson as interim Nats' skipper (*wink* *wink* don't worry anonymous tipster, we won't say a word!), enjoy the above video of Nationals interim interim skipper John McLaren, who apparently was bleeping tired of losing that day. Here's hoping the Nats don't lose on McLaren's watch, because he could go ballistic.
Thank Baseball Jesus there's a game tonight. Sheesh.
So that's what he meant by: Smartball? Apparently Jim Riggleman went to Caddies in Bethesda to drown his sorrows Thursday night after quitting on the Nats: Tweets like this to 106.7 The Fan's Eric Bickel were coming in fast and furious overnight:
Update: in an interview with106.7 The Fan'sSports Junkies on Friday morning, Riggleman was asked about his big night at Caddies, claims he stuck to his "2 drink limit"...
(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)
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.
(Jim Riggleman's final move as manager of the Washington Nationals. Screen grab of TV/MASN.)
Jim Riggleman resigns as manager of the Washington Nationals
"I wanted a conversation about it. I didn't say 'Pick up my option or else.' I said I think it's worthy of a conversation when we get to Chicago. Mike said we're not going to do that." (Jim Riggleman, via MASN, 6/23/2011)
So Riggleman says he wanted a conversation; Rizzo says Riggleman demanded an extension?
Gotta wonder if this is the kind of change Jayson Werth had in mind when he was "misinterpreted" by the media a few weeks ago when the ship was sinking in Milwaukee?
It's always something with this team.
Next manager of your Washington Nationals will be...Davey Johnson? John McLaren? Mark Lerner?
Remember when Bryce Harper showed up to his Arizona Fall League debut last year in his old reliable Toyota Tacoma?
Harper drove here from his home in Las Vegas on Sunday night. His father, Ron, followed behind Harper's Toyota Tacoma, the one he refuses to replace despite the odometer nudging close to 150,000. (via Washington Post, 10/19/2010)
Meanwhile, here's video from MASN: Harper talking to the media at the All-Star game about his first half-season of pro ball in Hagerstown, what he's learned, his thumb, his family, and how he "couldn't care less" what people think about him. So keep your comments about his truck to yourself, okay?
Bet you a dollar Harper gets promoted to Potomac by Friday. Save a parking spot at Pfitzner Stadium for his truck. On second thought, better make it two parking spots.