Monday evening a reporter asked Davey Johnson whether he thought the Rick Eckstein firing could possibly have been a symbolic move meant to force his hand and make him resign his own position. (Watch it here.) Johnson didn’t seem to appreciate the question and he never answered it.
By Wednesday morning the manager was in a better mood laughing and junking with the Junkies during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan. And when Eric Bickel asked virtually the same question Johnson quickly answered it. (Read and listen here.)
“I don’t think so not at all” Johnson said to the suggestion that Rizzo might be forcing his hand. “I think the Lerners are one of the best owners in baseball and I think Mike Rizzo is if not the best then at the top of the GMs. I think he’s got great judgment. I didn’t agree with him on this call and there could be other things that I don’t agree with him on. But you know he’s the boss. That’s the bottom line.”
John Auville soon asked if this season’s struggles have made him want to manage another year; “It makes me think I probably waited too long” Johnson quipped.