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You get the sense reality is starting to slap Johnson in the face - just as it did Joe Gibbs in 2004, the first season of his return to the Redskins. I mean, just think: Davey went 2-5 in his first week as the Nationals’ manager, and the only thing separating him from 0-7 were late-inning pinch hits by Stairs and Pudge Rodriguez, neither of whom has exactly been terrorizing pitchers.

All the good vibes from the Nats’ 13-2 streak are gone. They’re back to Square One with Johnson. Can they be as respectable, from here on out, as they were under Riggleman?

Not if their highest-paid player continues to play hide-and-seek, that’s for darn sure.