It was Needham praising him, right?
Riggleman resigns - unhappy that his contract wasn't being picked up.
Surprising on many levels
1) That we didn't hear about this coming. If he was THIS unhappy you would have think the word would have leaked to the media from somebody. Hell, if I was Riggleman I would have done it. Use the fanbase as leverage. But, outside of a faint rumbling here and there, nothing. This was a genuine shock.
2) That "old school" Riggs would put himself above the team. Did he deserve a new contract? I don't know. The fact is he didn't have one and that's business. You suck it up, serve out your deal and leave in a justified huff at year's end. That's how it works for players. Hard to see you being a success as a manager that asks your players to do something you yourself won't do.
3) That Rizzo wouldn't even talk to Riggleman about the deal. I'm sure they had a conversation at the beginning of the year that went something like :
Riggs : "Can we talk about the contract?"
Rizzo : "We'll evaluate it with you later in the year."
Fine but it seems like he deserved a brief conversation or at least a firm date (during the All-Star break?) where he'd get half an hour to discuss a contract. To not even give him that - I side with Riggs on this - makes it seem like he's definitely not part of the long range plans. It doesn't bother me if this is the case, but damn Rizzo, be a man and tell him that face to face. Don't pussyfoot around it.
This was the conclusion of a couple of bad moves. Rizzo doing his "I"m a big man" jackass act. Riggleman making a decision on emotion for himself.
I don't really think it matters to the team. Talent will take them to .500 and some people will see it as rallying, other will think they could have done more. But it still is "Classic Nats" making sure nothing is ever going completely right. Good to see somethings never change.