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Mike Rizzo wasn’t kidding about Davey Johnson winning a fishing tournament

Nov 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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When talking to reporters yesterday about why Davey Johnson remains unsigned Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo noted how the manager was keeping himself busy: “I know he was in a fishing tournament. And he won the damn tournament.”

Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post did some digging and found that, sure enough, Johnson recently took part in the Redbone fishing tournament in Islamorada, Florida and “was named celebrity grand champion.”

Florida Sportsman Newswire has the details (and the accompanying photo):

Davey Johnson, manager of the Washington Nationals, released three redfish on artificial and one bonefish on bait to be named celebrity grand champion. A resident of Winter Park, Fla., Johnson fished with Islamorada’s Captain Paul Tejera.

Preceding the silver anniversary event, Johnson and Nicole Ellis, daughter of Redbone founder Gary Ellis, placed a memorial wreath in Florida Keys waters. Nicole Ellis, now 28, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth.

The ceremonial wreath signified remembrance of the late Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, who was instrumental in helping Gary Ellis initiate the light-tackle fishing tournaments. To date, the Redbone series has raised some $18 million for the cause.

Would it be too easy to make a joke about Johnson not handing the fish to Drew Storen because he’ll let it get away? Yes? OK, nevermind then.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Loss of nerve, Craig. Loss of nerve. It doesn’t take much courage to write a great one liner, but if you’re gonna be a man, you have to go with the awful ones too.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Are you saying Craig hacked Aaron’s account?

      • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        Yeah, this blog has Craig’s fingerprints all over it.

  2. natstowngreg - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Aaron, please leave the Nats-related trolling to Craig. Thanks.

    [No, "trolling" isn't an intentional pun. It just worked out that way.]

    • gosport474 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      I bet he doesn’t even own a trolling motor.

  3. cereal blogger - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    All he does is win

  4. raysfan1 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Former Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, was inducted in the fishing Hall of Fame and is memorialized at the tournament. Current Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson won his division in the tournament. Pretty neat symmetry.

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