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Jim Riggleman was “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night

Jun 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Going out drinking sounds like a perfectly reasonable plan after making a very questionable decision to quit an extremely prestigious, highly paid job and Jim Riggleman did just that last night after shockingly resigning as the Nationals’ manager yesterday over a contract dispute.

Riggleman went to a local establishment called Caddies on Cordell and knocked back some drinks, but not enough to keep him from waking up early for a radio interview this morning during which the 58-year-old former manager said he was “solving the world’s problems” and “there are some beautiful young ladies in that place.”

John Kiernan was also there and tweeted that Riggleman was “bashing” general manager Mike Rizzo, although that doesn’t appear to have been his primary activity. Kiernan snapped a couple pictures as evidence of both Riggleman’s problem-solving and the aforementioned young ladies:

Seems like a fitting end to a crazy day for Riggleman. Or as he put it during the radio interview: “I had to let those ladies get a look at me.”

UPDATE: Any guesses on what Riggleman was drinking?

  1. Erik Klemetti - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    So stuff like this is the legacy that Charlie Sheen has left us, eh? Do something stupid, then act like no one understands how great you are. Sigh.

    • pellypell - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      “Solving the World’s problems” is the new “Winning!”

  2. SmackSaw - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    A good way to utilize his free time. He got a lot of it.

  3. kopy - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game!!!

    …or something like that.

    • pellypell - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Don’t hate the player, don’t hate the game, hate the GM.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    It was not reported whether he used the old ‘Listen, honey, I was only trying to guess your weight” line.

  5. sneschalmers - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Okay, I’ve officially hopped off of the “this was a stupid decision” bandwagon and onto the “Riggleman is an American folk hero” one.

    He may never manage again, but that blonde is smoking hot.

  6. pellypell - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Living the dream. Quits job, celebrates by drinking and bagging a coupla dimes.

    Like a (former)Boss.

  7. spudchukar - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Way to Riggle, man.

  8. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Chicks, man.

  9. atworkident - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Who the FLIP is John Kiernan?

    How come there are no pictures of him with any beautiful young ladies? Ha… he must work in radio (or the internet the new medium for people who can’t do tv… no offense Aaron)

  10. poorwalt - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Caddies is only a few blocks from my apartment, if I had only known so I could have toasted this man in person.

  11. derekjetersmansion - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    To be fair, the women probably thought he was in his early 40s, even though he’s really 58.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    This is a story, why? He went out drinking and hanging with ladies- it’s what every single man should do.

  13. Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Nothing better than a girl who can do a shot while never letting go of her Kamikaze……

    I only have this to say to all the people ragging on Riggleman since this has happened. Man, this is the beauty of living in a “free” society. Sit back and enjoy as people do what the f&^$ they want to even if it makes no sense to anyone else whatsoever. I love it. Hat’s off to a man being “his own man”. It’s getting more rare to see anymore actually.

    • tinker61 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      I agree. Having balls is not the “Politically Correct” thing these days. The people ragging on Riggleman have no clue as to what went on with Mike Rizzo.

      • spudchukar - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        I’m in your corners, gentlemen.

      • kinggw - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

        And you dont either

  14. tinker61 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Personally, I believe Riggleman’s version about what happened. I don’t think Rizzo was given any ultimatum like he said. My thoughts are the Riggleman was concerned that he was being stabbed in the back and wanted to talk to Rizzo his contract extension. I think Rizzo was playing the bad guy, and it blew up in his face. Is there any reason for this article in the first place? Riggleman is an adult, and well old enough to party should he choose to. It’s certainly none of Aaron Gleeman’s business nor anyone else if he goes to a club.

    • FC - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      I thought it was the option he wanted to discuss? Not an extension. If you know you’re managing next season at least you’re not compromised as a Manager.

      • tinker61 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

        Dude, the Option was the CLUB’S option to either pick it up or allow Riggleman to walk, not Riggleman’s option. That was the point of contention. Riggleman felt it was not going to happen and wanted to talk about it with Rizzo. Rizzo refused to even discuss it.

      • stevem7 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Amazing to see the Reply from tinker61. It was certainly Riggleman’s option to quit. After all, when a team fires a manager nobody thinks twice about it. Time that people understood it’s okay to fire a GM and a Franchise that is being run as poorly as the Nats are. Isn’t only Riggleman, the Scouting Staff says the same things about Rizzo. He’s just a P**Poor GM it would seem.

    • frightwig - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      If there was no ultimatum, why is he not managing the team now?

      Does he now claim that he was secretly fired, and made to tell a story about resigning which makes him look like a jerk, just because he wanted to talk about the club picking up his option for next year?

    • pjmarn6 - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

      His bench coach McLaren was fired as manager of the Mariners on June 19th 2008 and Riggleman was made manager of the Mariners and then not hired for the next season. McLaren is now bench coach for Riggleman and what day are we at June 24, and who does not have a contract for next season. bingo Riggleman. Deja vue all over again. Yogi Berra was fired by Steinbrenner after 16 games after a personal promise of a year’s contract. So why the sweat over Riggleman. He probably got paid a hell of a lot more than Berra and can afford to retire. If he loves baseball, I am sure there will be a lot of jobs for him later, bench coach, field coach, he was a minor league manager. No tragedy

  15. ThatGuy - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    I don’t always quit my job in surprising fashion…
    But when I do, I go get smashed and hit on twenty-somethings…

  16. spudchukar - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    He had a choice, he could kiss Rizzo’s ass (See Picture), or the blondes (See Picture). You tell me who is crazy?

  17. danberman4 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Two managers in one week quit? This getting ridiculous.

    http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/06/another-baseball-quitter.html

  18. cosanostra71 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    sounds like a good time. still not sure what I think about his resignation though. I see both sides.

  19. yankeesgameday - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Jim was just taking a picture with his daughter.

  20. metalhead65 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    good for him and I see his point as to why he quit. he has a lousy team playing as good as they were ever going to and wanted to know he would still be the boss next year after putting in the hard work to make this a respectable team.why keep putting in the time and effort if they are going to hire a big name after the season? now when the team comes back to earth and they will,he can point out to the next lousy team that wants to hire him that it all fell apart after he left. plus what big name is going to want the job knowing he is actually going to have to do some real work and not just take over a team that is on the edge of being good like they were under him?

    • derklempner - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:53 AM

      “plus what big name is going to want the job knowing he is actually going to have to do some real work and not just take over a team that is on the edge of being good like they were under him?”

      Davey Johnson?

  21. henryd3rd - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Can you imagine what his explanation for resigning his 700K job when he applies for unemployment benefits? The hours were just too long, the pay too low and the stress was too high. High end hotels were the pits, my subordinates were a bunch of over paid DC types and the buffet after work was just ordinary. Needed a break. Now how much did you say I get each week in unemployment benefits?

    Welcome to the real world Jimmy Boy!

  22. yankeesgameday - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I just keep reloading this page for the picture of the blonde. Craig, get on finding out who she is like Dykstra bounced her a check.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Stalker?

  23. mogogo1 - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    “Can you imagine what his explanation for resigning his 700K job when he applies for unemployment benefits?”

    I can only imagine because in the real world you don’t get unemployment when your resign your job, only when they lay you off.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      He may have not been laid off, but it looks like from the photos he got laid on! HEYOOOOOO! yeah, that was too easy.

  24. roycethebaseballhack - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    At least he’s drinking safely, in the company of that blonde. I’d say she easily rates a Five-Star Frontal Crash Rating.

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