Thursday, March 08, 2007
Don't Let The Door Hit You--On Your Way Out
When The African Queen and I attended Nationals Spring Training in late February, there was NO PLAYER more unfriendly than Tony Womack. He went out of his way to get away from the many fans standing between the practice fields asking for autographs or pictures. And, when I approached him to see if he might be interested in speaking to me for The Nats 320 Blog-- I will just say he said, "NO!"--and leave it at that. You get the idea. And, remember, I really didn't approach him with any preconceived notions. His attitude and inflection said it all. Tony's reactions to Nationals Fans was in stark contrast to the warm, friendly and congenial efforts by virtually every single player attending camp in Viera, Florida.
Today, Womack was, thankfully, included in the first round of cuts by Our Washington Nationals--given his unconditional release.
Just last week, Bill Ladson hinted at Womack's Bad Attitude in a story on Nationals.com. Even The Washington Posts' Barry Svrluga got a curse comment out of Tony Womack: "I can still play this game, regardless of what anybody says."
There is NO QUESTION in my mind we don't need another Damian Jackson, "Clubhouse Cancer" on the team. I am extremely happy with Our Washington Nationals--Today. I want to cheer for players that, not only want to be in The Nation's Capital, but also willing to be friendly and decent, to the fan base. That's not much to ask from Professional Players. From The Lerners, to Stan Kasten, to Manny Acta, the word is out--TREAT THE FANS WITH RESPECT!
Good Riddance--Tony Womack!!