The Washington Nationals have been the leagues doormat for quite some time. Despite being on a 4-game losing streak, the Nationals still have baseball’s best record. This however, could not prevent a shouting match between Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo.
Mark Zuckerman, part of the reporters that were told to go back outside the clubhouse, heard the words shouted:
“Why don’t you come down here and manage this team!”
Nationals PR director John Dever then asked the reporters to head back out of the clubhouse. When they were allowed to return, Johnson acknowledged meeting with Mike Rizzo.
“I had a discussion with my boss.”
The Washington media and players are downplaying this heated discussion, which is probably the right thing to do. It’s a long season and arguments are bound to happen. However, one could wonder if the pressure is starting to get to the Nationals, a team that is not used to expectations such as the ones being placed on them now with the leagues best record. Jayson Werth summed it up best:
“I don’t think there’s any panic or anything like that,” outfield Jayson Werth said. “Although, when you’re in a pennant chase and you’re getting to September, there definitely should be a sense of urgency.”