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Well, Glanville's a writer, and you know how sensitive they are.
This is a 30 for 30 in the making already. The final shot has the text on the screen "The Nationals missed the playoffs every year until Strasberg signed with the Red Sox. Rizzo has left baseball and now reads palms for 10 dollars a pop under the name Madam Stevie. In his rare moments of lucidity, he still bitterly defends his decision."
And when Strasburg shows up to spring training at 300 lbs and starts crying on the mound and wets himself in the dugout, what then, huh Nats? What then?
The Nats may well be wrong but to think that this decision is less well thought out amd less studied than the standard idiocy and irrationality of baseball management is ludicrous.
That'd be a much more likely scenario if the Nats' roster weren't made up almost exclusively of players in their twenties who likely have their best years still ahead of them. I'd be worried a lot more about where the Red Sox will be next October than I'd be worried about the Nats.
Windows tend to stay open for a much briefer time than seems apparent
I'll tell you this: As a Yankee fan, I'd sure as hell like to switch rosters with the Nats, and that's not even taking their respective payrolls into consideration. I think a lot of outsiders simply don't realize just how good and just how built to last (if I can borrow a campaign slogan) this team really is from top to bottom, and how much their upside really is.
If I were a Yankee fan, I would as well. And I too, even with the debilitating disadvantage of not living inside the Beltway, see that the Nats have a very nice core of young talent (in fact, I just mentioned it a little while ago). But that doesn't change the fact that a great many teams have been similarly situated as this Nats team and have, for any number of reasons (injury and collapse being the two most prominent), failed to deliver on that promise. I don't see any reason why this Nats team is super protected against this cruel fate than the scores of others young dynamos that didn't live up to expectations.
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