Rants, musings and incoherent thoughts from a guy who is way too obsessed with the Washington Nationals.
Ok, I'll stop my ranting about the hitting and firing Lenny, coz I have been ground down by the fact that no-one on the team seems to actually care about how truly terrible this team is.The players don't seem angry, the manager doesn't seem capable of getting angry, and Jim and the big wigs seem to be just enjoying the free food and Segways that comes with running a MLB team. My Aussie Rules football team currently sucks as well, but after every big lose, the coach comes out and says "That wasn't good enough, this player needs to step up, that player is playing for his career and if we don't start seeing results, players will be joining the line to collect unemployment benfits". Where is the drive to win?
I think they do care, but the reason no one is getting blinding angry is because that would be a waste of time. There is the context of where this team is on the road to being a contender. As fans we are going through the tough part.And having been through this the last few years with the Caps, it is tough (if the Z-Man was healthy everyday it would be easier to tolerate, just as Ovechkin made the Caps struggles easier to deal with). Let me urge you and anyone else reading this that might feel as you do, don't throw up your hands with this team.The more important thing is figuring out who else makes up the foundation besides the Z-man. Milledge (?), Flores, Dukes, Lannan, Rauch, Guzman, Cordero (?), Clippard (?) could be part of that foundation and as we all know (and hope) help is on the way!With all that said the Nats would do well to sign an important free agent this offseason (and be willing to put up 8 figures a year to do it), not exactly a news flash that is for sure.
I think that is the problem, the reluctance to do something big that might make a difference.My opinion on those you mentioned -Milledge - maybeFlores - certainlyDukes - big maybeLannan - solid number 3 Rauch - certainly (if only he could pitch 9 innings a game!)Guzman - that's scary Cordero - no wayClippard- haven't seen enough
I will address the future in a post soon but will take a moment to give a quick look at your list:Milledge - probablyFlores - definitelyDukes - don't hold your breathLannan - probably Rauch - trade bait, as much as I love himGuzman - OK for two more years, not beyond that.Cordero - will never be the sameClippard- iffyFlores and Zimmerman are the only untouchables at this point.
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