Here’s a weird thing Davey Johnson said to MLB Network during an otherwise nice and colorful piece about his stewardship of the Nats.
“I like challenges,” he said. “And this is a challenge: to put Washington on the map. It’s a baseball town, not a football town.”
I’m thinking Johnson maybe was the victim of some aggressive editing here, and he was trying to argue that his challenge is to create a situation where one day you could say of Washington, it’s a baseball town, not a football town.
Either that, or possibly he got cracked in the head with a bat.
Other good quotes from the piece
Danny Espinosa: “We all go in the weight room and Davey’s in the weight room lifting with us. It’s unbelievable, the atmosphere he creates in our clubhouse.”
Ryan Zimmerman: “He has supreme confidence in us, and nobody’s had that in us for the past five years, or ever since I’ve been here. Nobody’s even talked about that.”
Gio Gonzalez: “He’s a ballplayer. That’s exactly it. He’s an athlete. I always call him the young man of the team.”
(Via Federal Baseball)