Double Walk-Off for Washington Nationals
After a thrilling walk off victory that capped an 8-1 homestand, Jim Riggleman walked-off of the Washington Nationals team.
Riggleman was unhappy with his contract situation because the Nationals have not picked up his option for 2012 yet. So he quit. This is a ballsy move, and I applaud him. The Nationals are playing great ball, and are above .500 in late June without their two best players, Stephen Strassburg and Ryan Zimmerman. For a franchise that has been historically dismal, how do you ignore this performance?
Anyone who has been in any kind of relationship knows that if both parties are not committed to the relationship, it simply won’t work. Anyone who has worked a job and felt under-appreciated knows that you can either complain about it, or get a new job. Riggleman took all of this into account and made the decision that anyone unhappy with relationships or jobs would make.
You can criticize him all you want for quitting on his team and players, but ultimately everyone has to look out for themselves and their families, and that is what Mr. Riggleman did. You can also criticize him for “being all about the money”, which would probably be true, but at the same time unfair, because there is a respect aspect that ties into this as well.
I would be sick to my stomach if the Washington Nationals were my hometown team, but I would be more mad at the organization for not recognizing the success the manager has had, than I would be at the manager himself.
Jim Riggleman, we here at Losersbracket.com, salute you, your kahunas and your honesty to yourself.