Nats thank Manager Johnson


Sunday was the last home game for the Washington Nationals, and the last time fans will see Manager Davey Johnson in action.  The Nats skipper announced prior to the year it would be his last season at the helm, as he will retire.

The Nationals paid tribute to Johnson, who led Washington to its organizations first division title, by showing a 15-minute video highlighting Johnson’s playing and managerial career.  Johnson acknowledged the video saying, “It was nicely done.”  Washington, however, dropped the opening game of Sunday’s double-header 4-2.

Johnson joined the Washington National organization in 2006, where he found a team in major need of direction.  Johnson took over the managerial position after former manager Jim Riggleman resigned in 2011.  Johnson led Washington to a 98-64 record a season ago, and was awarded National League Manager of the Year.

Entering the 2013 campaign, Johnson said the season was “World Series or Bust,” but an up and down year appears to be ending without a return playoff appearance.  Johnson will be sorely missed, but many sources believe Johnson will remain in the Nationals organization.