Nats GM zings Rays Sergio Romo for starting drama

Chris Lingebach
June 28, 2018 - 3:23 pm

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo took no issue with Sergio Romo stirring up drama after the last out of Tuesday's game in Tampa.

Romo was upset over something Taylor had done three weeks earlier, stealing third base in a game the Nats led 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

Coincidentally, the Rays led the Nationals 6-0 by the second inning on Monday, when Romo's teammate Matt Duffy stole second base. The Rays went on to win 11-0.

After striking out Taylor to beat the Nats 1-0 on Tuesday, Romo walked off the mound and headed straight for home plate, shouting at Taylor, causing both benches to clear. Rizzo was asked about the flare-up during his weekly radio appearance with The Sports Junkies, sponsored by Burke & Herbert Bank. He responded briefly but squeezed in a dig at the end.

"That's players being players, man," Rizzo said. "I always say they police themselves and it's been going on for a long time."

"I was much more concerned with the three hits that we got," he added, "rather than Sergio Romo starting a dust-up and then running to the back of the pack."

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