It was DC GM Mike Rizzo and Field Manager Jim Riggleman quoted in the press after loss number eight of eight in Grapefruit League action for the Nationals last Wednesday, with the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore writing in a Nationals Journal article entitled, "Rizzo on Nats' play, Strasburg, Dunn, Guzman" that Mr. Rizzo, "...could care less about the Nationals poor spring start," and quoting the DC GM stating, "'Spring training is spring training,'" while Mr. Riggleman told MLB.com's Bill Ladson in an interview for an article entitled, "Q&A with Jim Riggleman", that though, "...you hate to get caught up in wins and losses since its Spring Training," as a Manager he doesn't, "...care if it's Spring Training or what it is. You don't want to lose ballgames, but you can't manage the game to try to win ballgames." After loss ten of ten today to the Cardinals' Minor League All-Stars, it was the on-field leaders of the team, Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman, who took it upon themselves to set the record straight...
MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling quoted the Nationals' third baseman, recognized by many as the Face of the Franchise©, Ryan Zimmerman telling everyone that the 0-10 Spring Training start is nothing for fans to be concerned about, "If we were 10-0, are you going to say we're going to win the World Series? No. So there you go." The 25-year-old '09 All-Star and Gold Glove/Silver Slugger winner goes on to say that while it's obviously, "...never good to lose. I mean, we don't want to lose. But I don't think anyone here is concerned." Adam Dunn sure isn't, as he told MASN's Mr. Goessling after today's game:
"'I know it sounds bad, but who cares? I mean, really, who cares about wins and losses, other than people who open up the box score and go, "Oop, Nationals lost again," Dunn said.'"
Right? Cause like Jim Riggleman says, you can't manage to win games in Spring Training, (or else he'd have left Stephen Strasburg in for 7.0 since he's one of the few pitchers throwing strikes), so wins and losses don't mean much at this point, but how about walks? ER allowed? Errors? How about the 138 hits, 97 runs, 94 ER allowed in 10 games while other teams weren't trying to win? How about the fact that Tyler Clippard, who most consider a sure-thing for the twenty-ten bullpen walked 5 today? How about the fact that Sean Burnett's given up 8 hits, 2 walks and 5 ER in 2.0 IP? Tyler Walker so far? Matt Capps? He's not worried about his performance thus far this Spring...Are you worried about any of this?