This one has me scratching my head.
Former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman recently resigned after a win.
He felt disrespected and unwanted by management because it would not offer him an extension. He figured that no one in the clubhouse will respect a lame duck manager. So he gave the Nationals’ front office the good ‘ol “take this job and shove it”.
So how should he be remembered: a man of principle or a quitter?
My answer: a damn fool.
This clown had a losing record as manager of the “Natinals” (140-172). Even though his team was over .500 for the first time in a million years, Riggleman had the balls to go to management and tell them either he gets a new extension or he walks. The team balked, thinking he had the good sense to come to his senses and manage out the rest of the season.
Instead, he quit on his team – a team that was starting to do well and may have given him some leverage if he had stuck around. I wonder how pissed those players are at him for deserting them during the season when things were going well.
I hope Riggleman’s “take this job and shove it” moment was worth it, because this mo-fo is not going to get another shot as a manager in the majors.