Strasburg Saga: Open Letter to Nats GM
Dear Mike Rizzo,
I am so disgusted with the handling of Operation Shutdown. As a baseball fan, Stephen Strasburg is one of the great reasons to watch the game. His overpowering fastball, devastating slider, change-up, and wicked curveball make him a marvel to witness. The Nationals will not win the World Series without their ace right-hander.
You have done an excellent job constructing this team through the First Year player draft, free agency, and various trades. However, I do not want hear that Strasburg’s head wasn’t in the game last night. This is totally bogus and unfounded. Can you imagine working your entire life for something (World Series run) and have it taken away?
Mark my words, Strasburg will not re-sign with the Nationals after his arbitration years. This distasteful portion of his career will remain on his mind for the rest of his life. Scott Boras is his representative and there is little chance of him remaining in DC for his entire career. I know you have an excellent working relationship with Mr. Boras but please, Strasburg will test free agency in 2017.
One last thing, have you ever heard of ending your season on a positive note? Let Strasburg dominate on Wednesday against the New York Mets and finish his season strong. Not only did you pull the plug on his season prematurely but with 159.33 IP, he will not even qualify for the league leaders.
Mr. Rizzo, I hope for your sake the team wins the 2012 World Series. If the Nationals do not win the Championship, this is something that will never be forgotten in DC. This could supplant the 1994 Montreal Expos as the ultimate “what if” in team sports history.