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Alex Rodriguez and his potentially bruised ego might be the least of the New York Yankees' problems this offseason.
Stephen Strasburg knows these playoffs are different for him. He knows that his face shows up during the telecasts of the Washington Nationals' games and that his absence, one of baseball's biggest storylines, is a part of the Nationals' story, regardless of how the end is written.
Stephen Strasburg went through the Washington Nationals' workout Saturday afternoon much the way he has every day since Sept. 8. He was a part of it, but on the periphery. He is not on the Nationals' NLDS roster. He will not pitch for them in the playoffs.
They stormed to the top of the league the year after a losing season, had a star pitcher who was the subject of intense national discussion and won praise from the president of the United States for their performance.
A slow clap greeted Fredi Gonzalez after the Atlanta Braves manager finished his news conference Thursday afternoon. The manager's confused eyes darted to the source: a man, 5-foot-10 in spikes, leaning in the white cinder-block hallway wearing a flat-brimmed Braves cap pulled to his eyebrows.
If the Washington Nationals win it all, they’ll be remembered forever.
The Washington Nationals ended a long drought for the nation's capital Thursday night by clinching a playoff spot, returning the District of Columbia to baseball's postseason for the first time in nearly 80 years. But back then, the only postseason was the World Series. There were no wild card teams and no playoffs. The Washington Senators _ also known as the Nationals _ had to beat out seven other teams in the American League standings to win the 1933 pennant.
Days after the Washington Redskins used the No. 2 pick in April's NFL Draft on Robert Griffin III, posters bearing his aw-shucks smile, braids and the word "hope" spun through the Internet.
Maybe it was the two Tommy John surgeries. Or the nine years Christian Garcia spent traversing the minor leagues, either developing or rehabbing. But the Washington Nationals right-hander's major league career has lasted just more than a week, and pitching in a one-run game in the eighth inning of a pennant race doesn't faze him.