Gio Gonzalez wants Davey Johnson ‘to go home in one piece’

July 22, 2013
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Davey Johnson’s postgame pressers have been increasingly rife with frustration, uncharacteristic of the even-tempered Nats manager. Gio Gonzalez chatted with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan and talked about some of the criticism both team and manager have received.

“Davey’s done his part,” the Nats starter said. “Davey’s been an unbelievable manager through his career and now. I think that it’s on us to go out there and perform our best, and try to put up runs and go out there and try to pitch and keep the low-scoring games. I think that Davey’s been great.”

The Junkies then made a suggestion that Johnson might want to switch up his managerial style by knocking some heads and kicking a few coolers around the dugout.

“We can’t do that to Davey,” Gonzalez laughed. “Davey’s had a long career. We want Davey to go home in one piece. We’re going to go out there next time and tell Davey, ‘Davey, we’re going to run and yell at the umpires for you.’”

As far as all of the doom and gloom, Gonzalez said that he gets it, but asks you kindly not to panic quite yet.

“I think that we’re a lot better than what we’re performing, that’s for sure,” he said. “Don’t give up on us. If you’re a fan of the Nats, you can’t get frustrated. It’s baseball. You’ve got some good teams that we’ve been facing.

“You know, if you’re looking, look at the Pirates. Did you expect the Pirates to be in first place and red-hot like that? A lot of people thought they were gonna walk all over them. So now, you look at them. They’re doing unbelievable. The Phillies [came back to] life. The Braves are going through a hard time, but they’re still on top. There’s still good competition going in the NL East and the Central. So you look at that, you can’t take away from what we’ve been playing. Again, we’ve been playing some tough, tough teams and we’re trying to do our best to stay above water.”

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