WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Davey Johnson’s weekly hits with the Junkies have become appointment listening. They just have.
With the team traveling to an American League park for the second half of the Nats’ home-and-home series with the Orioles Wednesday night, Davey decided to ask the Junks who should fill the role of Designated Hitter in his lineup.
The ensuing dialogue gives fans an inside look into the day-to-day thought process of a Major League manager, perfectly exemplifying why Davey is so endearing to Washington sports fans.
Davey: Let me ask you a question. With Espinosa, say I put Espinosa back in the lineup, who would you guys DH?
Davey: Yea, tonight.
Lurch: Alright, so Tillman’s a righty.
JP: Well are you going to have Moore and Bernadina back in the lineup?
Davey: Yea (faintly audible).
Lurch: Yea, they’ll be in the lineup. I’d say it’s got to be Tracy.
Davey: I mean, I like Tracy, but how about Lombo? Would you choose Lombo instead of Tracy? And whoever’s my DH doesn’t have to hit ninth for me.
Lurch: Yea, that’s a good point. That’s a good point.
Davey: Lurch is a Lombo man. Come on, Lurch.
EB: Yea, I think I’m going to vote for Lombo. I don’t want Tracy.
Lurch: I know but Tracy is the guy he usually uses in that.
JP: You don’t have to bat him ninth. You can have your DH bat wherever you want.
Davey: Yea, but the only thing is, it kind of mixes up what guys are used to hitting around each other. And also, Tracy’s used to hitting ninth. And the one thing that, I mean I love having Lombo in the lineup period, but there is a short porch in Camden Yards man. You hit it over that, you get a free burger from Boog Powell.
You hear it all the time in the political world. Transparency is key.
Well Davey Johnson is a Jedi Master of transparency.
He’d go on to toy with the guys’ emotions about whether he was legitimately seeking their opinion about which Goon Squad member should fill out his lineup, which was hilarious in its own right.
Was he serious? You’ll have to listen to find out, but as Lurch said, “If he starts Chad Tracy, then yes he was.”
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