08.17.12

Rob Dibble – Not Quite Finished Suggesting Stephen Strasburg Is A Gutless Punk

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Given that former Nats broadcaster Rob Dibble essentially lost his job for publicly declaring Washington starter Stephen Strasburg a GIANT PANSY during the latter’s rookie campaign, you’d think he’d be inclined to STFU during all the commotion over the club’s plans to shut down their young ace. Then again, why should Dibs concede the title of “Lazy Bloggers’ Favorite Human” to Delonte West or Dino Costa Colin Cowherd?  The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg, once again, put himself thru the punishment of listening to Dibble on Fox Sports Radio :

On Strasburg saying the decision is out of his hands

“That’s all you need to know. It’s out of my hands. I don’t want it in my hands, even though I’m a professional pitcher trying to — from spring training to the end of the season — win championships….He’s in a totally different world. Remember the Stepford Wives? He’s a Stepford Pitcher.”

On Mike Rizzo’s credentials

“The manager of the Nationals has a world championship ring, called the ’86 Mets, when he was managing Doc Gooden, who was like 20 years old. I think he knows how to handle young pitchers. He’s not gonna burn them out. And then you have a general manager who’s never won a championship. And he’s telling everybody, he knows more than orthopedic surgeons, pitching coaches, everybody. He knows the answer to how you can keep a guy from getting hurt. It’s a wonderful concept. I hope it works. And if you’re hurt, go on the disabled list. If you’re not, then pitch for your team and try to win a world championship. It’s that simple. It shouldn’t be a story. It really shouldn’t be a story. That’s the sad part, that it’s a story. It shouldn’t be. We shouldn’t know the GM’s name or this guy in Washington. Just go out and play.

On Strasburg’s father talking to Mike Rizzo

“Do you need your dad to talk to the general manager? You know, that’s sad to me. Is Scott Boras gonna come out? If he talks about Stephen Strasburg, so help me God, I’m gonna go bananas tomorrow night, because this kid is a man. He’s 23 years old, he’s married, he’s making $4 million a year. Speak up for yourself….Nobody’s dad gets involved in their Major League kid’s career. It just doesn’t happen. But it shows you, Tony Gwynn pitched him once a week, every Friday at San Diego State. He goes to Washington, the PR people walk him to the bullpen, almost hold his hand to walk him out there. I mean, it’s just been one thing after another.”

On Strasburg not speaking up

“The one thing that is the resonating idea here is you only get one shot at that ring. And you either want to take it, or you just say, you know what, I’ll do what somebody tells me to do.”

2 Responses to “Rob Dibble – Not Quite Finished Suggesting Stephen Strasburg Is A Gutless Punk”

  1. glenzo says:

    Dads don’t get involved? Has Rob met Colby Rasmus?

    Re: Davey Johnson’s handling of Doc Gooden- didn’t Doc break down 2 years later, not even counting the rehab stint 5 months after the title?

  2. GC says:

    yes, but Doctor K won a ring, thus making everything he’d do in his adult life before or afterwards irrelevant in the eyes of Rob Dibble. Much the way Dibs’ 1990 W.S. ring inoculates him from any need to accomplish anything or even provide the tiniest portion of insight.

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