Nationals GM rips ’embarrassing’ Phillies manager Joe Girardi: ‘He’s a con artist’
Joe Girardi: Con Man?
Girardi, manager of the 34-36 Phillies, requested the umpires to check Max Scherzer for a third time during Philadelphia’s 3-2 loss on Tuesday, amidst MLB’s new sweeping rules barring pitchers from using foreign substances to improve grip.
The rules are forcing umpires — and managers — into tough situations to check on pitchers, but Nats GM Mike Rizzo isn’t buying Girardi’s explanation that he was concerned starter Max Scherzer had something in his hair on Tuesday night, leading to the Girardi request.
On his weekly radio spot with D.C. station WJFK-FM, Rizzo didn’t hold back on his disdain for Girardi for Tuesday night’s situation:
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Rizzo would later say that he “loves” Girardi and has known him a long time, so maybe he knows him “too well.”
Girardi got word of Rizzo’s inflammatory comments and responded Wednesday afternoon:
“I don’t have a problem with it,” Girardi said. “Obviously, he’s going to protect his club. He’s entitled to his own opinion, but so am I. That’s the bottom line. That’s America, right?”
Girardi was ejected for coming out of the dugout and confronting some Nationals coaches who were yelling across the diamond. Washington and Scherzer emerged the 3-2 victors in the NL East matchup.
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