Now? The gloves are really coming off.
Here are some choice words between Johnson and Rays manager Joe Maddon, not necessarily in sequence:
Johnson on Maddon: I don't know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyway. ... I understand where he's coming from. His job as a manager is to protect the players, striking out at whoever is causing your players any grievance. ... I don't want to get into a shouting match with Joe. I looked him up on the Internet and found out he is a tweeter, so he can get to more people than me. But it was interesting reading. But you can tell him I have a doctorate of letters, too. Mine's from Loyola in Humanities, and I'm proud of that, too."
Maddon on Johnson: "To utilize information based on the fact that the guy played here? If you want to talk about -- I don't know if that's a form of cheating or what -- but that's really kind of underhanded, I believe, to use that kind of information. ... If I'm a major league player that may happen to want to play for the Nationals in the future, I might think twice about it. Because this is one of their former children here that had really performed well and all of a sudden he's going to come back to this town and they're going to rat on him based on some insider information, insider trading, whatever."
So yeah, this could be interesting for a while.