Play the "Who was Mike Rizzo on the phone with last night?" game. Your guess is as good as ours, but we're going with: Royals GM Dayton Moore, to work out the details of the Ervin Santana-to-the-Nats deal. *wink* *wink*
But before you blame Diaz for a blown call, let's second guess and find out why: a) Davey went with Denard Span instead of Bryce Harper in the 9th b) Davey went with Kurt Suzuki (to bunt) instead of Ian Desmond (to hit) with the go-ahead run on first and no outs in the 8th c) Davey keeps going to Drew Storen when he wants to keep a game close. And then there's tonight's starting lineup.
At least Jim Riggleman had to guts to quit on his team and walk out the door.
"As far as philosophy, I want to be aggressive, I want to hunt fastballs,
keep it simple, stay aggressive. I’d like to see us put the ball in
play a little bit more." (Rick Schu, via Washington Times, 7/23/2013)
Sounds good. Let's see if he's still smiling a week from now...
Boswell: You come from an era when things were done symbolically. When George Steinbrenner wanted to fire Billy Martin he'd always fire Art Fowler and hope that Billy would quit. There's nothing like that going on now with you and Rick...
Well, Davey Johnson had no answers, Mike Rizzo needed a scapegoat, so Rick Eckstein took the fall.
Godspeed Rick Eckstein, God help you, Rick Schu.
Here's Rick Eckstein:
"I'm the one to blame. I fell short. I don't blame
anybody else. ... At the end of the day, I'm the hitting coach and it
wasn't going in the direction that I felt it should have been going as
far as performing on the field, so I'm responsible." (Rick Eckstein, via Nationals.com, 7/22/2013)
"I think at any moment this team could take off. But, again, I’m really not going to get into the doom and gloom stuff because we’ve got too many games to play. I believe in this team. I said it from the beginning. We’ve got a long way to go. We’ll be fine." (Jayson Werth, via Washington Times, 7/21/2013)