At 70-years-old, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has seen it all in the game of baseball. After nearly 50 years of time spent as a player and manager at the Major League, minor league and international levels of the sport, without question, the Florida native possesses as much hardball knowledge as any living person. In what will most likely be his final season as a big league skipper, Johnson hopes that his swansong will include a fourth career World Series ring. The former infielder won two as a player (1966 & 1970 Orioles) and one as a manager (1986 Mets).
Tuesday, the legendary baseball man was seen wandering around the lobby of the Langham Huntington Pasadena, Washington’s hotel of choice when visiting Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers. Dressed in a polo shirt and khaki slacks, the classy manager conferred with members of his coaching staff, before the group exited the building, for their awaiting ride to Dodger Stadium. On the way out, Johnson even took a minute to literally smell the assortment of roses, positioned on a lobby tabletop.
It may sound corny, but it has to be said that Davey Johnson can never be accused of not “stopping to smell the roses.” Maybe this trait is the secret to the success of a man who played on four All-Star teams, while also posting a managerial record of around 300 games above.500.