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"Comfortable" Johnson returns to dugout

Jun 28, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Davey Johnson walked into Angel Stadium at 11 a.m. this morning. First pitch between the Nationals and Angels was still eight hours away. But where else would he rather be?

“I’ve done it a lot my whole life,” the Nationals’ new manager said. “The ballpark is your home. … I feel very comfortable here.”

That feeling of comfort is what led Johnson back to the dugout, back to the manager’s office and back to Major League Baseball after an 11-year hiatus. Asked by general manager Mike Rizzo to take over for the rest of this season (and perhaps beyond) following Jim Riggleman’s surprise resignation, the 68-year-old didn’t have to think twice.

“It was not a tough decision for me, to step in,” he said. “It’s really exciting to even have a chance to compete.”

Johnson has 14 years of big-league managerial experience on his resume. He’s won a World Series. He’s been named his league’s manager of the year. He’s skippered international competitions in
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  1. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    It feels like opening day in June!

  2. Sec3MySofa - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    So I guess this is Daveymas? DeeJay Day?

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Meh, I'm just gonna call it game 78 day. I'm very happy he's here and all. I'm just a curmudgeon about the whole "-mas" meme thing.

  4. Anonymous - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Who cares about a new manager. We lost. Daveys first move should be giving Werthless a couple days off. 0-5 with 3 Ks. This guy is a joke.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Um, game 79. Math was never my strong suit. Heh.

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I will say that DeeJay Day was clever, though. ;-)

  7. JaneB - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I liked DeeJay Day too.

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