PHOENIX — And so we have reached the end of the road. A long, often frustrating, still entertaining season will conclude today here at Chase Field, with the Nationals falling short of their lofty expectations but still finishing with either 86 or 87 wins, hardly a terrible record by any stretch of the imagination.
The story today, though, is Davey Johnson, who manages the 2,443rd — and final — game of his big-league career. It’s been an emotional week for the 70-year-old, beginning with last Sunday’s tribute before the home finale at Nationals Park and continuing throughout this final road trip. Today, Davey will sit back, reflect and enjoy the show before heading off into the sunset.
With nothing at stake in this game, Johnson is fielding a lineup almost entirely of backups, the main exception Jayson Werth, who will try to put one final stamp on a fantastic individual season. Tanner Roark gets the start instead of Gio Gonzalez, and a host of other young guys will get a chance to play after spending much of the last month on the bench.