Jun 27, 2011, 12:02 AM EDT
Associated Press photo
John McLaren gets a hug from Danny Espinosa following his farewell victory.
CHICAGO — John McLaren stood in the bowels of U.S. Cellular Field, eyes welling as he tried to put into words what he had experienced over the last 72 hours.
“I feel bad about the situation, but the John McLaren era is over in Washington,” he said, before adding: “Is three games an era?”
Well, probably not. Though given all that happened during those 72 hours, it certainly felt like an era. Handed the reins of the hottest team in baseball after his close friend and colleague Jim Riggleman resigned in a huff, McLaren was asked to keep the Nationals together for the weekend until Davey Johnson could come on board.
He did more than keep them together. He kept them winning. Sunday’s 2-1 triumph gave the Nationals their fifth consecutive series victory, their 13th win in 15 games.
The fact the entire clubhouse gave McLaren a standing ovation before taking the field spoke volumes about the respect they had for a man
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