...and the best signing by far was Ivan "HOF" Rodriguez. His play is infectious. His desire is remarkable. The Nationals are lucky to have this perfect teacher to watch.It's fine to praise Ivan Rodriguez for his job with Nats this year but you have to understand the totality of what you are saying. Dibble is dangerously close to crediting, at least in part, the Nats hot start to the "leadership" and "attitude" and "veteranosity"of I-Rod. If you do that though you are saying that none of the veterans previously on the Nats had the leadership qualities to make a team a winner.
In other words Aaron Boone, Julian Tavarez, Ron Belliard, Livan!, Paul Lo Duca, Ray King, Dmitri Young, Tony Batista, Robert Fick, Mike Stanton, Pedro Astacio, Joey Eischen, and Royce Clayton were all lousy leaders. Now that may be true (I'm looking at you Royce Clayton. I've taken my eyeball out of its socket and shoved it in your mouth Paul LoDuca) but do you really want to say that?
Also you are saying that either Pudge didn't care to show leadership or the teams he were playing for didn't care enough the past few years.
2008 Tigers: an underacheiving 53-52 when he was traded.
2008 Yankees: an underachieving 31-26 and failed to make playoffs.
2009 Astros: 57-61 at time of trade
2009 Rangers: 21-25 again failed to make playoffs
Now Dibble didn't explicitly give this credit yet, so consider this a warning shot for him and other people looking for an easy poorly thought out story.
If you are going to praise Pudge now for veteran nonsense, be prepared to explain why these other guys listed didn't have it, and why Pudge didn't seem to care to show his leadership the past two years.
(If you are going to praise Pudge now for a freaky good start then I'll agree with you - that's been really helpful)