The Washington Nationals have won 11 of 12 after today’s exciting 1-0 victory in the bottom of the 9th. They climbed to one game above .500 and are in third place in the very tough NL East despite expectations that had them in the cellar.
Manager Jim Riggleman wanted the team to pick up his option for next season and said he wanted it done by the end of today’s game. When the team refused, he told them to take their job and shove it.
“So it’s been brewing for a while but I just felt that, I know I’m not Casey Stengel, but I feel like I know what I’m doing. But I felt like I shouldn’t continue on with such a short leash where every little hill and valley is life and death in the game. The game’s not fun that way. I just wanted to have a conversation in Chicago and [Rizzo] said he wasn’t ready to have that conversation, so I said I have to give it up then.”
A lot of people will criticize Riggleman for leaving his young team high and dry, but sometimes a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do.
Riggleman decided he need to go, so he went out.