Its not often a manager is available who has two world series rings on his hand, much less doing it in a city haunted with the greatest sports curse of all time. Consider this a "wishful thinking" post, but one that merits some attention. The Nats have to be one of the more attractive teams out there who will be interviewing for a managers job . . . even if it is apparently rigged. But if your Francona, coming out of the hell hole of Boston - a locker room loaded with egos, cliques, and arrogance - perhaps the idea of taking on a young and hungry team that clearly gets along might be attractive to Francona. And if Francona expresses interest, what should Rizzo do? Does his love for Davey blind him to what is out there? Also, DC is hardly the sports meat grinder that Boston is . . . which must be a welcome change.
The greater question this evolves into is the manager issue in Washington. Ever since Manny Acra was let go, the Nats have had a situation in manager where there is no certainty, where both Riggleman and Johnson seem to be managers-in-waiting. Riggleman was never given full confidence. As for Johnson, he's another guy who's in there just to sort of hold the fort. We need a full-time manager without and already announced expiration date.
If the Nats and Mike Rizzo are serious about becoming a contender, they cannot ignore Francona's availability.