The decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg was analyzed and analyzed and analyzed. Everyone was given ample time to give their two cents and express their outrage and now most people are over it. But now that the Nationals are in playoffs and the Nationals are down 2-1, players are reportedly wondering “what if”. Which is understandable when your No. 1 starter is not injured but he’s watching these playoff games from the dugout.
But besides Nationals’ players wondering “what if”, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that another group of folks have not moved on from the Nationals’ decision to shut down Strasburg.
According to Nightengale, GMs around the league have not forgiven the Nationals for their decision and they despise them for it. And they would like nothing less than to see the Nationals get bounced in the playoffs by the Cardinals.
“If we don’t win the World Series, I don’t care who does,” one general manager told USA TODAY Sports, “as long as it’s not those guys.
“They don’t deserve to win it. Not after what they did.”
Said a National League GM: “I hope they go down in flames. I hope it takes another 79 years before they get back to the playoffs. That’s how strongly I feel about it.”
The Nationals, baseball executives say, brought this on themselves. They were the defiant ones. They were the ones telling the world they were smarter than everyone else, shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg after 159 1/3 innings, believing they were protecting their prized asset for a lot of playoff games in their future.
Didn’t quite think that baseball people would overreact about the Nationals making a decision about an asset that THEY are paying. But guess we should have because that’s what baseball people do best. Overreact.