Riggleman irritated by Mike Rizzo’s account


(Gene J. Puskar/AP)

And thus, this transcript from Riggleman’s appearance Friday morning on MLB Network Radio’s “First Pitch” with Jeff Joyce and Rob Dibble.

“There was a quote that somebody wrote from Mike Rizzo yesterday and we both agreed that you probably did not say this, “ Joyce said. “Mike Rizzo said Jim told me pre-game if we wouldn’t pick up his option then he wouldn’t get on the team bus today, and I know you said yesterday flat-out you didn’t give that kind of an ultimatum.”

“No, and you know, that irritates me that that was out there,” Riggleman said, “because I wasn’t in a position to do that. I wouldn’t do that. What I said is I would like to talk about it when we get to Chicago. If Mr. Lerner’s there fine, if it’s just you and I fine, whoever. But I think that I’ve asked to talk about it a couple times and it was never the right time. Let’s talk about it when I get to Chicago. And then Mike, as I said, didn’t want to do that, and so that was the only ultimatum. If you’re gonna tell me that we’re not even gonna talk about it, then I’m not gonna go.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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