Nationals cheating their fans with decision to shut down their ace pitcher

Sports Commentary

Imagine you’re going to see one of the year’s most highly anticipated movies, but the movie theater cuts off the flick right before its climax. Or you’re attending a concert put on by your favorite band, but they don’t play their most famous song.

That would be pretty frustrating, right?

I imagine that’s how fans of the Washington Nationals must feel right now.

The team that owns the best record in baseball announced Saturday it has shut down its ace pitcher, Stephen Strasburg.

The Nationals, namely general manager Mike Rizzo, are taking an overly cautious approach with the 24-yearold right-handed phenom. ....

If the New York Yankees did something like this, understandable. The St. Louis Cardinals? Sure. Really, with any team with a nice history of playoff success, I wouldn’t argue too much. But a team like the Nationals, a perennial loser? ....

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