“Yeah, well, I was solving the world’s problems last night at Caddies,” Riggleman told the Junkies to much laughter. “I’ll tell you what, I had to get down there and let those girls get a look at me. There’s some beautiful young ladies in that place. Unbelievable. Chris and Dave I believe it is, the owners there, I went in there a while back and I was in there at a time when it was just pretty much me in there, visited with them. And I popped in there last night, they had a great crowd. Hey, I was big in there. My face is up on the screen and everything.”
So he was asked what he was drinking.
“I was having an adult beverage, that’s all,” Riggleman said. “I had my limit of two.”
More seriously, amid all the talk of the drawbacks of a one-year deal, the Junkies asked Riggleman for any specific cases in which he lacked the authority to deal with the clubhouse. And while he didn’t mention any names, Jason Marquis Jason Marquis Jason Marquis.
“Nothing that doesn’t happen on every club,” Riggleman said. “I remember one time I was talking to Jim Leyland about this, I said you know, you take the starter out and they’re always mad you took em out, you didn’t let ‘em pitch through a situation and so forth. And it just so happens I leave our starters in more than just about anybody in baseball. They don’t think that, but our starters have a lot of innings, which means I must not have too quick a hook.
“But in talking to Leyland about it, he didn’t even let me finish the conversation. He says Hey, don’t even go there. He says You know what Rig, I tell ‘em hell with ‘em. I tell these pitchers ‘Hey, I’ve had this conversation a thousand times, don’t tell me about you should have been left in the ballgame, get out of my office, I don’t want to hear it.’
“And when you’re on a short leash, you have to hear it. You know, you have to allow them to vent and disrespect you a little bit and question why you took ‘em out, because you just don’t want that negativity going around your clubhouse. You’ve got to let them vent to you and all that instead of saying you know what, pitch better and you’ll pitch longer.
“So when you go the hard line with them, next thing you know they’re calling their agents, their agents are calling the GM — Jim disrespected me, he didn’t leave me in the game — and you’re losing games, so people start questioning....You know what, some of these people who question what you do can’t even spell manager, never mind act like one, you know?”
It gets better and better and better. It gets so good that at the beginning of his interview, Riggleman summed up the situation like this: “It sounds like a country song, doesn’t it?”
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