The Nationals are scuffling into dangerous territory, losing nine of their last 12 games, and fans seem to be growing increasingly frustrated with manager Dave Martinez.
With the Nats in an extended rain delay Thursday, 106.7 The Fan turned the stick over to Chris Russell to field angry phone calls from those fans. One caller, Tom in Alexandria, thinks there's a disconnect between how fans and local media feel about the second-year manager.
"My Twitter feed, the fans are against him. It's almost universal," Tom said. "The fans want him gone."
That's left Tom wondering if local media are reluctant to criticize Martinez because he's such a nice guy.
"I have no relationship at all with Dave Martinez, so you're gonna get honest from me," Russell said. "To blame him exclusively, largely or mostly is ridiculous, so that's what I'll say. I have no relationship. I have no relation to protect. I really don't care. To blame him largely, or exclusively or mostly is utterly absurd. Not when you have the injuries and the situations going on.
Russell's airtight defense of the manager carried over to the next segment.
"Again, I have no relationship at all to protect with Dave Martinez," he said. "When I say it's not all his fault, I think I am being reasonable, honest, rational, normal, not insane. Most fans are insane.
"And the easiest person to blame for everybody's problems is the head coach, the manager – or the one figure that they can just think that goes doo-duh-duh-doo-doo, duh-duh-doo-doo, and pre-programs a bunch of robots, and everything should work efficiently and right."
"What also has to be concerning is you haven't been able to win at home," Russell went on to say. "Not only have you not been able to win first games of series, now you've lost three in a row, you've lost five out of six, and really, quite honestly, six out of seven going back to last Wednesday in Colorado."
So, to answer your previous question, that's what's wrong with the Washington Nationals.