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Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Nationals players react to Riggleman resignation

JAYSON WERTH

“We just need to keep going, obviously. I was as surprised as you guys were to see what happened at the end of the game. Whether I agree or disagree, I respect Jim’s decision. He’s moving on and we’re moving on. Got a ball game tomorrow and we’ve got over half the season left. I still feel good with where we’re at and where we’re going.”

Timing of decision:“I’m surprised for sure. I don’t really know enough details. I don’t really know why the decision came now. The decision has nothing to do with me. It’s a personal decision and like I said, I respect it and we’ll go to Chicago and play a ball game tomorrow.”

Distractions: “It’s not going to change anything in here (clubhouse). We’re the ones that have been making pitches and hitting balls and winning balls games. So we’re going to keep going. I feel good about the guys in here and this ball club and the direction of this franchise. I think there’s a lot of positives and a lot of good things to come from this team. We’re going to keep moving forward.”

“I thought he (Riggleman) had been doing a good job. We were playing good baseball. The timing is surprising I’d say. But I don’ know the details. I’m a player on this team. It’s obviously a personal decision and like I said, I respect it. “

JERRY HAIRSTON

“I’ve been around a while, I think this is the first time I’ve been on a club where a manager resigned or got fired. So this is definitely a new experience for a bunch of us. You hate to see it happen. Obviously, you don’t know what goes on in the front office. I have a lot of respect for Jim Riggleman as a man, as a person, as a manager. And I have a lot of respect for Mike Rizzo. You never know what happens behind the scenes.”

Affect on the team: “You can’t. This is the big leagues. You got a job to do, bottom line. Our job is to win ball games. No matter what happens, no one’s going to feel sorry for you. You just have to go out and continue playing as we have been and hopefully continue winning ball games.

“Probably the last thing that we expected. It’s obviously a shock. But that’s the nature of this business. You never know what’s going to happen. The Marines are a very good club and for us to sweep them, that says a lot about our club. They’re having a great season over there. Obviously what happened in the last hour or so is shocking but you have to move forward.”

“It’s one of those things that you never know what’s going on behind the scenes. And what Riggs has in store for himself. Obviously you can see his side of the story. But obviously you can see Rizzo’s side. It’s one of those things where you wish him the best that’s what he decided he needed to do and I wish him nothing but the best. He’s a good man.”

JASON MARQUIS

“We wish him the best of luck for whatever opportunity arises for him, but the Washington Nationals still go on and we still have to play some solid baseball.”

“Obviously it’s disappointing. Jim was a big part of us getting over .500 this late in the season. Hopefully Nationals fans are excited about it. Obviously we wish he could have finished it out and see how this thing goes, but we gotta still win ball games and see what happens.”

“You make a decision you live by it, you stand by it. We respect the decision that he made. Obviously he has his reasons behind it. But baseball goes on, life goes on and we have to still go out there and be a professional.”

“I think we’re still in a good mood. You don’t want things like this to happen when things are going good, but they do. I think we’re all professionals here. We’re all willing to take care of business.

LAYNCE NIX

“I don’t even know what to think. We’re all surprised. Right now. I can’t really say. I don’t know any information. I don’t know any of the details. I just know we’re playing well and we have a game tomorrow.”

“Not at all. It’s an unfortunate situation for him. But we have a job to do and we continue it tomorrow.”

IVAN RODRIGUEZ

“We’re here to play hard everyday. We wish him the best and we gotta just keep playing. Our goal is to go out there and play hard everyday. Our team is very positive and the thing is that we have to go out there and play hard every day.”

By Shemar Woods  |  07:21 PM ET, 06/23/2011

 
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