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Jim Riggleman's message to Nationals fans

In the wake of last night's small crowd - and before what promises to be another sparse showing tonight - Manager Jim Riggleman sent a message to fans. Asked about the importance of playing well in the final homestand of the year, Riggleman took a broad approach. He thanked Nationals fans while expressing an undeniable fact: Without a winning team, they will stop coming to games.

"I think that sooner or later, we're going to be past the honeymoon period here," Riggleman said. "These fans have been tremendous. We've got to start winning some ballgames. You can't ask people to keep coming out. Our support has been amazing. When we come off the field after practice before the game, the comments that we get from fans, it's very supportive. It's appreciated greatly, believe me, because there's a lot of cities where we'd be coming off the field to different language. These people have been great. It's appreciated. But it's also understood it's not going to last forever.

"People are just going to say, 'You know what, we're tired of hearing Jim talk about light at the end of the tunnel. And we're tired of hearing about players that we have coming.' We're going to have to win ballgames. That starts with me and my staff. We're going to have to get it done."

By Adam Kilgore  | September 21, 2010; 6:22 PM ET
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Hey Gang-A repost here..First, Not my words....."You're right: A cute cuddly puppy getting caught in a lawnmower's jaws is tragic; the Nationals are merely pathetic... Weren't Chien-Ming Wang and Jesus Flores supposed to be back, like, five weeks ago? The Nats are taking advantage of the fact that nobody is paying attention. How cynical."...CBS Sports.
SO....I got nothin'...just like the Nats. They've beaten the passion out of me for now, and even "wait til next year" doesn't hold the same excitement it's had in the past-although this may very well be the 1st time it's actually true.
The Slows.....well, they've really let me (us?) down. They may well eventually build a long term winner, but it coulda been SO much more enjoyable(as Kev pointed out-and plenty of others. And as always, the Gang here and a few other sites is the only reliable enjoyment this team brings).
I remember the joy of baseball BACK in my hometown. Dingy RFK.
I remember how HAPPY I was when the DEEP pocketed Slows were awarded the franchise...and spoke of doing the town proud. Then of being told to "wait 'til the new yard was built" for the influx of talent and winning. I could go on in this vein....and I WILL go on as a die-hard Nats fan (famous last words? What have we all been doing as of late?).
But there's some serious bile here...over the lack of candor, the feeling that I took you (the Nats) at your WORD...and now I feel like a sucker...Mostly over what COULD have been...and with out much effort. In a town that has endured the 4$kins and Dan Snydley....the Wizards... we were ready to fall into the Nats/Slows arms. All we did was fall-flat on our faces.Remember Charlie Brown going to kick field-goals with Lucy?
Hey! NEXT year!... the kids...the arms...
And I'll be back waiting to kick. Because eventually even a stopped clock has the right time twice a day. And this time I DO see a light at the end of the tunnel,, it didn't have to be this way. Just a public acknowledgment , a slight nod to their fans, by the Slows would help immeasurably. But I'm not holding my breath....more likely an "I told you so" whenever we reach mediocrity-as if that'll wipe away the stain of the past few years. In almost every facet.
What a colossal waste of opportunities...
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | September 21, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-Thanks, Jim. Y'know...I like the guy. Whatever his merits as a manager, it's too bad the PLAYERS have done next to nothing as far as "having his back". Even now, he doesn't mention the acrid play put out by this bunch. While he keeps blathering about improvements, this team comes up small almost every chance they have to come up large....and lack of skill is no excuse for lack of heart.( BUT...Who knew that maybe Mark Slow is shagging balls as a way to provide ANOTHER low-cost alternative to real MLB players?)
And memo to the Slows:this would mean a lot more if one of YOU were to make the mea culpa.
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | September 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

That's the ticket! Look at Showalter ... that should be enough of an inspiration. It affects more than just the fans ... this sort of losing could even retard rehab come backs ... like Strasburg's for example?

But then ... there's the higher draft pick? Best to get that at this point in the game perhaps?

Posted by: periculum | September 21, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

>>It's just getting harder & harder to swallow for the fan base.Posted by: BinM

Honestly I haven't watched one game since they fired Dibble. Just found it so strange that it was the only thing this season that management felt passionate about. The on-the-field product stinks? No problem. Play Willie Harris. Nyjer Morgan implodes. No problem. Keep playing him. Pitchers stink? No problem. Keep runnin em out there. Manager is clueless? NO problem. Extend his contract. Commentator makes a negative statement about the team? What??!! Off with his head. Talk about misdirected anger. This team is really arse backwards run.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 21, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

First losing Sean Taylor, then losing Gibbs because of Sean Taylor (and Snyder's amazing stupidity as an owner) and then Strasburg ...

Yes, this town has suffered its share of losses Zendo. And not just in the win-loss column.


Posted by: periculum | September 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman should've said, "Look, I'm no Buck Showalter, so don't expect a positive turnaround anytime soon."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 21, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"Honestly I haven't watched one game since they fired Dibble."

Seriously? THAT'S what drives you away? Losing a mildly entertaining blowhard of an announcer? Years of losing and non-entity players and phony Dominican "teenagers" and blown-out elbows and shoulders, you can deal with, but Dibble gets fired and you're done?

BTW, if you "haven't watched one game since they fired Dibble" why are you still commenting here?

Posted by: baltova1 | September 21, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Showalter--- Riggleman.
Man next year will be a beautiful sight. Talk about Major vs Little League. It will be clear as Day.

Oh and Mr. Boswell's lame Riggleman excuse...something about mitigating circumstances when mentioning the poor hand Riggleman has been dealt with all his sad-sack teams?
Hmm, last I recall, the Os were the worst team in baseball when Buck took over. Didn't seem to stop him. Because a good/great manager matters.
Oh and then there are the bargain basement managers like the one who resides in DC.
Facts and records don't lie.
Rizzo? What a company man he's turned out to be. Towing the bargain basement line.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 21, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

>>Seriously? THAT'S what drives you away? Losing a mildly entertaining blowhard of an announcer

Man, some peeps really don't get it. It aint about Dibble. It's about how backwards the team is. Their only passion is about killing the messenger. Not about really doing anything concrete to improve this sad-sack of a team.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 21, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, there seem to be snipers on every rooftop - From the Lerners' on down, there is a bead drawn on everybody associated with the FO or the 40-man roster.

Fire away folks, fire away... There's enough mistakes made since 2006 that everyone has a piece of this mess. We'll see what falls out at the end of the season, but whatever light there is at the end of this tunnel is probably just another oncoming train.

Posted by: BinM | September 21, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, inane rambling and trolls poopy diaper and Os_fan_22 who hasn't watched a (Nats) game in three weeks. Guess that means I better get back to work...

Posted by: HondoHomers | September 22, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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