Good morning. A few former Nationals are in the news this morning - for a variety of reasons:
* Former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman will interview with the Mets today for their vacant bench coach position, according to an ESPN New York report. It would be Riggleman’s third bench coach job in four years - and the last two of those (with the Mariners and Nationals) have led to interim or permanent managerial jobs. If Riggleman gets the job in New York, he’d become the right-hand man for Terry Collins, who is starting his second year with the Mets.
John McLaren, Riggleman’s former bench coach with the Nationals who resigned after filling in for his friend for three games last June, could also be in the running for the job, according to the report.
* If you caught Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, you might have been able to hear the thud of the other shoe dropping - or maybe that was Nyjer Morgan crashing into a wall. The controversial former Nationals outfielder, whose run-ins with the Cardinals have made news ever since he was in Washington, misplayed two balls in the Brewers’ 12-3 loss to the Cardinals last night. Morgan, of course, ran into Cardinals catcher Bryan Andersen last fall, irking the Cardinals and earning him a public scolding from Riggleman. And when he joined the Brewers this year, he had a high-profile spat with Albert Pujols after yelling at Chris Carpenter following a strikeout in September. Morgan called Pujols “Alberta” and “she” on his Twitter account after the three-time MVP ran over from first base to confront Morgan as both benches emptied.
On Monday night, after he’d crashed into the outfield wall trying to chase a Pujols double, Morgan had to respond with some humility. “He’s a special player,” Morgan said. “Can’t keep a guy down the whole time. He’s going to bust out of it eventually.”
We’ll keep the Tony Plush updates to a manageable level during this series, but this one seemed worth mentioning, since the Morgan-Cardinals feud started while he was in Washington - and it’s continued in such fiery fashion.