I promised you a bear this morning and I think the NQ has properly delivered.
Like bacon, bears are awesome and the only thing really stopping us from completely enjoying these epically delightful creatures (and this Internet sensation) is the elephant in the room and that elephant is the fact the Nats just got swept by the L.A. Dodgers, are on a four game losing streak and as you can see, the Nats have lost control of the NL East.
Hey, it is a long season. These things happen and it won’t be the last time the Nats will be on a losing streak, but damn if one thing doesn’t just jut out like a pool cue into your eye:
The sins of GM Mike Rizzo have finally caught up with the team.
The Bible says “Thou shall build a rotation worthy of His glory,” but at the same time it also says, “Thou shall not completely ignore the offense in the off season.” Obviously you have never read the Bible if you don’t already know this. It is in there. I promise.
I’ve been preaching this for quite some time.
There was simply no way the Nationals were going to be able to keep up that hot offensive force, especially with the likes of Mark DeRosa and Xavier Nady constantly being in your starting nine. When players like that are starting, you know the team has problems. Aside from a few pieces off the scrap heap and some recent rookie call ups, this line up is basically the same as the 2011 line up which had major problems putting the ball in play.
Of course, having Ryan Zimmerman and a host of others injured, guys like Danny Espinosa striking out faster than Adam Dunn blindfolded and Ian Desmond finally coming back down to earth doesn’t help either. Everyone is looking for the return of Michael Morse as if this will somehow solve all the Nationals offensive problems, but that is IF Morse can actually replicate his 2011 season of which there is no promise.
The 2012 Washington Nationals honeymoon is over. Now it is time to get down to the dirty gritty work of fixing things and working themselves out of their first rough patch of the season. How they respond will tell us plenty about the character of this team. It is easy to play the blame game and trust me, I know there are a lot of culprits (Gorzo, Lidge, Rodriguez, migraines), but if you really want to point the finger, point it at Mike Rizzo for the Nats and fans are only footing the bill Rizzo refused or was unable to pay in the off season.
As for the bear, someone asked why I post about bears so much. Simple. It is a life philosophy of mine that if you include a bear in any situation, life gets much more interesting.
Am I wrong?