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Mike Rizzo fires back at the anonymous GM who ripped him

Oct 11, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT

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Remember back in May how Mike Rizzo went after Cole Hamels, calling his plunking of Bryce Harper “chickens**t,” “classless,” and “gutless?” Well, that anonymous GM who ripped him to Bob Nightengale today is getting a dose of that now too:

Rizzo referred to the unnamed aspect of the comments as “chicken (bleep).” Rizzo, a Chicagoan, also said, “That’s not how we do things in my neighborhood … “Who knows, maybe the came from an executive on a team that lost 120 games.”

No word, at present, if they are also “fake tough.”

  1. natsattack - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    They are. Because anything contrary to the Nat’s point of view is heresy.

  2. madhatternalice - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I dunno: he’s got a point. Why criticize behind the shield of anonymity? It simply means that you either don’t want that quote attributed to you (because you’re worried about backlash), or because you don’t actually believe it.

    /says the dude who is writing an anonymous internet comment.

    • jrod2173 - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      You cant say some thing like that without anonymity, because in today’s media it would be played everywhere. It would be the new “feud” and would be played up forever by ESPN and every sports writer around. Ask the wrong question (Jeff Ireland) then your hated by all. Say the wrong thing then you might lose your job. I’m surprised to hear any manager or GM say anything but canned non-committal responses.

      • hconnor2001 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Why you’d feel the need to make mean-spirited comments like that in public, with or without anonymity, is a good question.

      • hconnor2001 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        To be clear: that’s referring to the anonymous GM rather than jrod!

        Surely this is a case of If you can’t say something nice…

      • madhatternalice - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        I completely agree with you: the backlash would be endless. So why did the anonymous GM say something in the first place? That’s the part I don’t understand. Are there GMs sitting at home by the phone, waiting for someone to call just so they can anonymously rip another GM? It just doesn’t make sense.

  3. bloodysock - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Rizzo’s adversary in theatre/movies (Grease) was Sandy.

    In the real life version it’s also Sandy.


    • mattcerrone - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      What makes you think it’s Sandy Alderson?
      I don’t think it’s in Alderson’s character to say such a thing.

      • dondada10 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        Is that just a handle, or are you Metsblog’s Matt Cerrone?

      • bloodysock - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        It’s in his character as evidenced by this tweet earlier this summer:

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        If nothing else, that’s evidence that Alderson doesn’t feel the need for anonymity.

  4. chadjones27 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Not only that, but you never know where your next job will be. Say something like that, on the record, and it could make other teams’ ownership think twice about hiring you. Or someone from your staff. Plus, it puts way too much scrutiny on your team. Especially if your team is currently not in the playoffs.

    • chadjones27 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to jrod2173

  5. xmatt0926x - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Rizzo is correct that an unnamed GM shouldn’t be talking shit and hiding, but the “not in my neighborhood” tough guy routine is also a little on the lame side. Grow up Rizzo and act like an executive and not some douche hanging in an old man bar talking about everyone’s ass you’re gonna kick. Call out the unknown GM like an intelligent adult.

    • kinggw - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Its a tough guy routine to want a man to say something derogatory to your face instead of hiding behind a reporter?

      • xmatt0926x - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        king, I’m fully in agreement with Rizzo that the hidden GM shouldn’t be saying that stuff off the record. What I’m saying is part of the reason he is so disliked is his own big mouth and lack of professionalism.

  6. DJ MC - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    I would probably care what Rizzo says on this topic if I believed for an instant that he’s never been the “anonymous inside source X” for a story.

  7. pgilbert15303 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    My guess is that it came from the Red Sox camp…LOL

    Kindest Regards,

    Robert Valintine

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Rizzo is a decent GM. He’s made some decent moves but his going after said anonymous guy by saying they probably lost 120 games is B.S. TheNatinals aren’t too far removed from being big losers not to mention you don’t need to be a good GM to have Strasburg and Harper fall into your lap at the top of the draft.

    • akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Please. Look at the Nats roster; there’s a lot more to it than those two guys, and almost the entire active roster was acquired or developed under Rizzo. Saying the Nats went from a 100-loss team to a 98-win team in 3 years because of two guys is pretty lazy analysis.

    • willclarkgameface - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      This is why I think Rizzo is such a turd. He’s sitting on this whole “hey man, we’re good now” routine and he won’t just shut his smug fucking face for a second and take it like a man, letting his team do the walking on the field and showing people who the boss is if that is what he is so inclined to do.

      He’s a dick.

  9. akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    It was chicken sh*t. Do you that that anonymous GM would have put his name behind that quote? Of course not. Its the scourge of the internet; say what ever you want to say behind a shield of anonymity and nobody knows the better. I’m glad Rizzo fired back; it was a gutless comment and an even more gutless “news story” from a weak reporter in Nightengale.

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