Sounds like Davey would've preferred it if he got the axe. Did he consider pulling a Riggleman?
"Even in my discussions about firing Rick, I said, ‘There’s other options,’ You could do away with me if you want to change the scenery or change the philosophy."
(Davey Johnson, via Nationals Journal, 7/22/2013)"
Obviously I’m not in agreement with it."
(Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 7/22/2013)
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)
Eckstein probably won't be unemployed for long...
(Screencap via MASNSports.com video)