Before the season, we poked fun at the Nationals manger’s opinion that his rotation was better than the three 1.5 Aces to his north. We were wrong. Davey and every. single. crater. in his face were right. The Nationals are better, all-around. And Davey is taking pleasure in it.
Here’s what he told 106.7 The Fan in D.C. earlier this week: [D.C. Sports Bog]
“I have no sympathy for [the Phillies],” Johnson said. “Shoot, I’m still missing three key players — I’m missing Willy Ramos, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. They’re not in my lineup. So they’ve fallen on some hard times over there, and they had a little fire sale today, which was fun for me to watch.”
“No question about it,” the manager answered. “I’m gonna have a little conversation with Charlie — he’s an old good buddy of mine — and see how he’s weathered it over there. See how he likes looking up instead of looking down.”
My initial reaction was to make a mean and snarky comment, but then I realized that boasting about two wins for a last place club over the division leaders would be an oh so lame move, patented by Nats fans.
But we shouldn't worry. Sure, Johnson may have abducted our brilliant World Series closer before offing him once he was of no use, and the Phillies may be in a hole now, forced to watch the N.L. East burn at the hands of a guy with a disfigured face. But they'll be back. They'll make that jump. And it will be fear (of losing the sellout streak…) that propels them. Rise. Please, Phillies– rise. Rise so we don't have to accept verbal smackdowns from Davey Johnson, because that's a punishmen far more severe than finishing in last.
[Batman puns all week… and you're very welcome for this Bane soundboard]