Mike Rizzo is salty.
He said it himself.
On Monday, an article was released by Robert Murray of FRS Baseball sharing several text messages from a top National League executive — who he kept anonymous- strongly proclaiming that Bryce Harper is overrated.
The text messages were as followed:
He’s simply overrated. The good ain’t worth the bad. He’s a losing player. Cares about himself more than the team. If I was in charge and had money, my team would not pursue him. We would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players.
Then a follow-up text message.
He’s a losing player. I would not sign him. I would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players.
But wait, there's more.
If he gets more than 10-years, $300 million, I’d be surprised. I would not give him 10 years period and certainly not at that AAV. He’s just not worth it. He’s a selfish, losing player.
Those are some harsh words for a guy who is leading the National League in home runs with 19.
As you would expect, word got back to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, and in return, he had some harsh words of his own.
"It pisses me off and I'm not gonna stand idly by and let these clowns make these disparaging remarks about a player they obviously don't know or they wouldn't have made the remarks," Rizzo said Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's the Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.
"You calling Bryce Harper a loser when he's got the resume of one of the great players of all time at age 25, it shows your lack of knowledge of the subject matter. And also how cowardly are you to hide behind some anonymous quote? So yeah, I was salty."
Salty enough that if Rizzo knew who this anonymous executive was, he would be receiving a phone call from Nats Park.
"I would call him and I'd ask him what their situation is," Rizzo said.
"What was the basis of the comments? Hey, everyone has their opinions. Bryce is a very polarizing Major League player. Your opinions are fine. I've got no problem with that [but] put your name on it and we have no problem with it. There's no issues."
Rizzo is going to stand up for the face of the Nats organization, but in return, he would like the NL executive to stand strong behind his own claims.
"Those comments were harsh," Rizzo said.
"They were totally inaccurate and [had] no basis to them or anything like that. Those were infuriating comments and to then hide behind [them] talking real, real tough and all that stuff, and then [to say] by the way 'this is off the record, don't use my name.' I mean, come on man."
Calling Harper a "selfish, losing player" when he's a five-time All-Star, won NL Rookie of the Year in 2012, won the Silver Slugger Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award and lead the NL in home runs all in 2015 certainly comes without merit.
"You better have your facts together when you say those kind of comments," Rizzo said.
You've been warned.
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