After the Nationals canned Rob Dibble yesterday, there was reaction from almost everyone in the world of Washington media, but no comments from Dibble himself. This morning, at the beginning of his Sirius XM radio show, there was no where to hide. Before carrying on with other business, Dibble read this statement, transcribed by Steinberg.
"As you may know, I made some statements last week about Stephen Strasburg, and have been called controversial and angered many. In my role as analyst for the Nationals, and [with] the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I now realize that my comments were inappropriate and disrespectful. I have regret that my time with the team will have to end this way, but have learned from the mistake and look forward to putting it behind me."
Steinberg also reports that the show immediately moved on to other topics, and that his firing was not brought up again in the first segment.
Dibble alludes to the fact that it was his comments about Strasburg that forced the Nationals hand. While the club never made any statement either confirming or denying that, it is the common belief that those statements are what led to Dibble's firing.
We look forward to putting it behind us too, Rob.