Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Where's the Loyalty and the Leadership?
I read with great interest last week about the resignation of Jim Riggleman, the Manager of the Washington Nationals. This is a risky blog since Jim played baseball at Frostburg State University and is the beloved adopted son of Western Maryland. Unfortunately, I have a big problem with Jim's recent actions. You are currently under contract, your team just won 11 of 12 games, fans are jumping on board in support of a notoriously lousy team, everyone in baseball is starting to take notice and you make it all about you. Where is the leadership in putting your team and loyalty to that team first? You have a contractual agreement with the ownership that YOU signed, honor it. You are tired of being a doormat for the last 10 years, but no one else signed those one year agreements. Jim taught us all a valuable lesson. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. Whose bluff was called last week, just ask Davey Johnson, the new Nationals manager, this week. Going forward, Jim will be lucky to even be considered for another one year contract in major league baseball.