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Rival baseball executives hate Mike Rizzo, hope the Nationals never win

Oct 11, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

Mike Rizzo AP

Based on how the comments around here have gone lately, I’m sure someone will soon chime in to say that USA Today’s Bob Nightengale made these quotes up and that the world is biased against the Nationals. But until then, let us marvel at what a rival general manager — or maybe two, it’s hard to tell based on how he attributes it — said about Mike Rizzo and the Nats after yesterday’s Nats loss:

“If we don’t win the World Series, I don’t care who does,” one general manager told USA TODAY Sports, “as long as it’s not those guys.

“They don’t deserve to win it. Not after what they did.”

Said a National League GM: “I hope they go down in flames. I hope it takes another 79 years before they get back to the playoffs. That’s how strongly I feel about it.”

The bile — which Nightengale says some other executives besides this one feel — is based on both the Strasburg shutdown, which apparently gave other execs the impression that Rizzo thought he was smarter than everyone else, and Rizzo’s statement after the Nationals clinched that there would be “a couple more” such division titles in the future.

It’s kind of crazy that someone would actually come out and say that. Especially the first part of the quote which, from context, is not the most anonymous quote in the world.  Based on the “if we don’t win it” line, it seems that would have to be an NL GM whose team is still in the playoffs, right?  Which means it was either the Giants Brian Sabean, the Reds Walt Jocketty or the Cardinals John Mozeliak. So which of them is throwing poop on Rizzo?

The playoffs, man. It makes folks crazy.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Mike Rizzo is the biggest idiot in baseball.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Mike Rizzo is absolutely the biggest idiot in baseball.

    And all of you that were so interested in attacking me all season for all my Mike Rizzo hate: suck it. Dude is the most smug prick in all of MLB right now and I too hope they go down in NLDS flames today and NEVER win the division again.

    • nolanwiffle - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Point taken. Very well stated.

  3. thesmedman - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I love Mike Rizzo.

    Sincerely, S. Boras

  4. timmons94 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    He gave jayson worthless 126 mill. That disqualifies him for exec of the year for life. Only overpaid by about 96i million

    • senatorsguy - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Huh. On to Game 5.

  5. dtknick - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Big deal, let’s enjoy the post season, go yanks!!!!!

  6. materialman80 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Tell those execs not to worry. The Cardinals will help them out tonight!

  7. earthling72 - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    rizzo went on a media campaign trashing the phils fans who travel to their park and buy tickets, concessions, etc. he even went so far as to use the word “hate” when describing his feelings towards the phils fans. what a douche!

  8. captn58crunch - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    This is the same guy who ran Riggleman out of the organization. Riggleman was smart to show him up and just quit.

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