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Davey Johnson refuses to shave until the National offense wakes up

May 24, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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Nationals manager Davey Johnson isn’t happy with his team’s offense, which enters tonight’s series opener against the Phillies having averaged 3.38 runs per game, the second-worst rate in the league. Looking for a quirky way to motivate his team, Johnson says he will not shave until the offense makes an appearance:

The Nationals manager apologized for his scraggly appearance before Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but he added: “I figured I couldn’t get any uglier, so what the heck.”


The 70-year-old Johnson says it’ll be hard to notice his facial growth because it’s gray and doesn’t grow fast.

Said Johnson: “Maybe I can change the luck.”

With the news of Danny Espinosa‘s broken wrist, Bryce Harper getting banged up, and Jayson Werth on the DL until June, the Nationals are going to leaning even harder on Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond, two of their only sources of offense this year.

  1. 13arod - May 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    happened to seetle when erick wedge wouldn’t shave his mustache

  2. rbj1 - May 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Are we going to enter ZZ Top territory?

    Quick, someone to the photoshop!

    • aceshigh11 - May 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Well, let’s face it…everyone IS crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

  3. schmedley69 - May 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Here’s to hoping that he ends up with a beard longer than Brian Wilson’s.

  4. natslady - May 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Is five runs considered “waking up”?

  5. chill1184 - May 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    So we have the playoff beard, would this be considered the slump beard?

  6. ziplock10 - May 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I LOVE DAVEY!!! But damn!!! How many times can you bring these losers out in the 7th and 8th????? They are closer talent with no ……………….

    So sad!

    Oh yeah! Lets tell the world we are going for broke!!! With very few tested players….

    I’m a Nats fan. But when they were selling seats in January… I was holding my breath!!!

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