I enjoyed the article, thanks for posting it.
We were at RFK when Livan tossed his glove and whatever else he could grab into the stands. We watched Jose bunt with runners at first and second and you have read the remarks by Wilkerson and others in the article.
I don?t understand what is going on. Now I can understand players being injured and having their skills diminish. I understand the desire to win and the frustration of losing. But these guys seem to be coming apart..
The dog days of August tend to separate the good from the bad but there is something else going on here.
The Nats by every convention should be the easy going ?What me worry!? team. What do they have to prove?
No big payroll for those in the media to throw down their throats.
Not for this group to worry about. When my wife said they would finish around .500 I told her she was being way too generous.
These are the orphans that MLB wanted to throw away. Then came the relocation to Washington and Bowden was picked and had to throw the team together at breakneck speed with a minimal budget and then came the injuries.
The result an uptight team in a wild card race.
I know it sounds silly but I wonder if the players are not concerned about a lack of an owner or the need to win or their fan base goes south. Certainly no team in a payoff race has ever been in these circumstances.
Last week I was talking to some Nats fans at Bowie. One Nats fan said this is his first wild card chase and I agreed it has been an amazing year.
So maybe the message to the players should be; the fans will be back next year along with a new owner, the future is bright. So play hard, play good fundamental ball, be smart, be aggressive and have some fun.