Nats' Rizzo has much work to do 

August, 20, 2009
08/20/09
3:53
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Mike Rizzo was informed Tuesday that he was the Lerner family's choice as the Nationals' general manager. The idea was to delay the announcement until Friday when Stephen Strasburg makes his appearance at Nationals Park, which meant Rizzo had to spend all Wednesday fielding calls about the streaming media reports that he'd been fired and replaced by Jerry DiPoto. While amusing, since Rizzo already had the permanent job for 24 hours, the report was a source of speculative embarrassment.

"My [19-year-old] son even said, 'I thought you were staying; now it's scrolled on television that you're out,'" Rizzo says. "I had to assure him everything would be all right."

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