Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Davey: Nats need to loosen up



PHILADELPHIA — If the Nationals are going to snap out of their season-long malaise that has left them hovering right around the .500 mark for the better part of 2 1/2 months, it's going to require a collective loosening up by players who might just be too tightly wound at the moment.

Manager Davey Johnson, after meeting with shortstop Ian Desmond this afternoon, said he wants his team to be looser, not putting so much pressure on itself to live up to the club's lofty preseason expectations.

"I was talking to Desi a little earlier, and he felt like the club was not as loose as it was last year," Johnson said. "It's trying to be loose. Well, I said, we're young. We're awfully young. We've got some young guys on the bench. It's a situation where they have to go through the experience. That's part of it. But I think we'll be fine. Learn to just play loose, free and easy, and the offense will pick up."

Johnson specifically mentioned the younger players on his roster who burst onto the scene last season but have struggled to produce at the same level this season.
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7 comments:

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If the game gets called go bowling

Scott Margenau said...

I'll watch nba and cheer against the Heat!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

"I was talking to Desi a little earlier, and he felt like the club was not as loose as it was last year," Johnson said.

What was the line in Ball Four? Something like "He's so tight you couldn't get a pin out of his ass with a tractor."

SCNatsFan said...

Maybe the manager shouldn't have said World Series or bust

5c3cd06e-cef8-11e1-abe6-000bcdcb2996 said...

Nat's aren't as loose as they were last year because they have been getting beat half the time. Their lack of "looseness" is a result of their lack of winning, not a cause.

natsfan1a said...

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natsfan1a said...

That, or maybe this one.

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