Davey Johnson’s retirement ceremony Sunday came with the usual video featuring kind words from Johnson’s former teammates, current players and Nats coaches. It was a fitting tribute, and during the post-video hug lineup the Nats manager was asked if it made him emotional. Via James Wagner:
As center fielder Denard Span embraced Johnson, he asked his manager, whose eyes were hidden behind sunglasses, if he was crying. Johnson responded in the most Davey Johnson of fashions: “Bleep no,” Johnson said, according to Span.
While he wouldn’t admit it to his players, in follow-up interviews with the media, Johnson admitted he did get emotional, using the word “moving” multiple times.
“I’m uncomfortable getting an award anyway,” he said. “The tribute was real moving for me, I mean it took me way back. That was the old Tinker Field [in Orlando]. I was mingling with all the big leaguers, and I was just ten years old. Here I am going out to pasture managing my favorite team.”
Here’s the tribute video, featuring Davey’s former teammates Jim Palmer and Boog Powell, former player Cal Ripken Jr., and a handful of current Nats players and coaches.