Davey Johnson’s had some entertaining press conferences lately.
The ones during the Tampa Bay series certainly qualify, with Johnson calling Rays manager Joe Maddon a “weird wuss,” a “guru” and telling him to read the rule book after the GloveGate incident with Joel Peralta.
Today, Johnson took a playful jab at 49-year-old hurler Jamie Moyer, who was granted his release this afternoon by the Orioles.
“I think he’s had a remarkable career,” Johnson said. “I thought he was 50. I felt like I played against him.”
After a rough stint with Colorado to start the season, Moyer excelled with the O’s Triple-A affiliate, putting up a 1.69 ERA and a 16/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 innings. Johnson doesn’t think he’ll end up back in the big leagues, however.
“No, I don’t think anybody is going to pick him up,” Johnson said. “Maybe as a pitching coach. But he’s a poster boy for a lot of us old folks. I wish him well.”
Johnson took over as Nationals manager nearly a year ago after then-manager Jim Riggleman’s shocking June 23 resignation. He’s done some positive things since then, posting an 80-71 record as manager, and has won over the Nats clubhouse by steadfastly standing by his players, even when they’re going through extended slumps.
But with Johnson’s age being what it is (at 69, he’s the oldest manager in the majors), many wonder how much longer he plans on staying in the managing business. Asked today if he’s thought about what will happen down the road, Johnson gave a firm no.
“My answer has always been, I keep all my energy on today with an eye on tomorrow,” Johnson said. “That doesn’t go any farther than that. That’s the way I basically live my life. I’m very comfortable living in the short term. I think I’m lucky to be here, as I am here now, with all that’s happened. I’ve had a very fun life. Exciting. In baseball, the Olympics, the World Cup, the World Baseball Classic, some great teams. This is my fifth major league team. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, every situation I’ve been in.
“For me to think about what challenges I’m going to face six months from now is a useless exercise. Who cares? I hope they still like me today, and I hope they still like me tomorrow. But I’m not going to ask them, are you going to like me six months from now? Are you kidding me? When the season ends, I know I’m going to be a consultant. I’ll be able to tell them, ‘I understand why you don’t like me no more.’ I’m sure they’re comfortable with that, and I’m comfortable with it, too.”