On Thursday morning a report emerged from USA Today by Bob Nightengale quoting anonymous MLB general managers saying they were now rooting against the Nationals. The resentment revolves specifically around Mike Rizzo's decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg right before the postseason. Rival MLB executives apparently don't like the move and think Rizzo is presumptuous to believe the Nationals will be in the playoffs for years to come.
Rizzo has now decided to respond and in firing back used a phrase he made famous back in May.
Speaking to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Rizzo called the comments "chicken (bleep).'' Rizzo, from Chicago, then said, "that's not how we do things in my neighborhood.''
Rizzo also implied the statements came from jealousy, saying they could have come from a general manager whose team lost 120 games this season. The closest team to lose that many was the Astros who won 107. Their GM, Jeff Luhnow, praised Rizzo just recently for allowing him to speak with third base coach Bo Porter who will be Houston's manager next season.
Rizzo was exaggerating with the number and he may actually be wrong about it coming completely from envy. The first GM's quote suggests his team may still be in the playoffs.
"If we don't win the World Series, I don't care who does," one general manager told USA TODAY Sports, "as long as it's not those guys.
The second executive could be from a team already eliminated, but not enough information is given to conclude either way.