Let’s just go ahead play National manager Davey Johnson’s greatest hits from his postgame press conference after his team got into two separate bench-clearing incidents with the Chicago Cubs. Washington won the game 9-2.
On the on-field fight.
“My back started tightening up from pulling people off. I might have to go on the DL.”
On Chicago bench coach Jamie Quick’s anger over Washington stealing bases and swinging on 3-0 pitches in the fifth inning up 7-2.
“Here we are in the fifth inning, we’re in a pennant race, we’re going to swing 3-0, we’re going to do everything. We ain’t stopping trying to score runs. Certainly a five-run lead at that time is nothing. I think it was the bench coach’s frustration in us handing it to them for a couple days. If they want to quit competing and forfeit, then fine. But we’re going to keep competing.”
On Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger shoving Nats outfielder Michael Morse during the brawl.
“Morse really got, it was almost like a punch, you know, and that’s what set Mo off and [Edwin] Jackson. Those were the two who were right there. That’s what really aggravated my guys and I don’t blame them. I’d have been the same way. I’d have probably popped him.”
On if there was anything personal here.
“No I mean, if they get mad at my guys in the fifth inning swinging 3-0 or running, they better get used to it.”
Any history of brawls like this.
“I’ve been in a lot of situations like this. When I was in New York, and when I was in [Cincinnati], we were beating Houston 10 in a row and [current Mets manager] Terry Collins was over there and they created the same kind of ruckus and we ran on the field. But I got a suspension then. I was doing the same thing I was today [and got] a one-day suspension and hell we’re 9 games in first place. We’re not going out there throwing any blows. But that’s the frustration of a team that’s not having a good year.”
On insisting his team play hard no matter how big the lead.
“That’s how we play. We don’t quit trying to compete. My deal is basically when we get to the closer with a seven-run lead. This stuff, play behind, not stealing, not keep trying to score runs is, I don’t agree with it. Anything can happen. Interesting night.”