Davey Johnson Shares Wisdom on Addressing Boneheaded Plays

by Blue Shorts
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Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies tags out Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals during a game at Citizens Bank Park on July 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies tags out Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals during a game at Citizens Bank Park on July 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Nationals quickly dropped two straight to the Phillies after seemingly breaking through with their first four-game win streak of the season, perpetuating the emotional roller coaster for fans watching from home in Washington.

To make matters worse, they suffered the first of these two hardships at the hand of former Nats starting pitcher John Lannan, a game in which the lowlight was Bryce Harper getting caught stealing.

But he wasn’t just thrown out en route to second base. This was a boneheaded affair, in which Harper couldn’t seem to make up his mind, resulting in an awkward, last-second feet first slide allowing an easy tag-out.

Davey Johnson once again took fans behind the walls of his mind, in his weekly appearance with the Junkies Wednesday, by letting them know why he chose not dress Bryce down following the mental error which undoubtedly contributed to the team’s 3-2 loss on Monday.

“I don’t do that, because you know, it’s just like when I try to do some pushups before the game and I’m on candid camera,” Johnson told the Junkies.

“If I go to a player during the game when everybody knows he messed up and I start talking to him, it’s gonna be all over,” he elaborated. “You can’t do it man.”

“I don’t want making something that is a problem, a bigger problem,” the 70-year-old manager said, reminding everyone his age is wisdom.

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