Nationals GM on World Series title: 'This takes a village'

Chris Lingebach
November 01, 2019 - 8:19 pm

It's been quite a remarkable journey for the 2019 Washington Nationals.

From 19-31 in May to World Series champions at the end of October, the Nationals represent an extraordinary tale of belief in oneself and commitment to team.

For Mike Rizzo, General Manager and President of Baseball Operations, it's also a time to give public thanks to the innumerable people inside the Nationals organization who don't get nearly the credit they deserve.

"It's a beautiful day to be a Nationals fan," Rizzo told The Sports Junkies fresh off Washington's World Series Game 7 victory, in what will be the season finale of 'In The Clubhouse,' brought to you by Burke & Herbert Bank.

Asked to describe in his own words what it means to be the leader of the World Series champion Nats, Rizzo said, "It's amazing. It's an honor to be the leader of this organization and this group, of such wonderful people."

"It starts at the top with the Lerner family and travels all the way down to every last clubby, and trainer, and minor league coordinator and area scout, all the way down the list," he said. "Because this takes a village. It is a definite team effort and there's a lot of people behind the scenes that deserve as much credit as I do. We call it here: This is a 'we' process, not a 'me' process, and it's something that we're proud of here."

"Hell, there's plenty of accolades to go around," Rizzo said. "And that World Series trophy, when we were passing it around, what a wonderful way to say thank you to your front office guys and the guys in the trenches that don't get nearly enough pay, money or accolades. Way less than I do. It's a great time to really help your organization and really appreciate them."