- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo delivered the winning hit against the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

But if it were up to Rizzo, the Nationals would have never pitched to him in the first place.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker made a controversial call to pitch to Rizzo with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and with first base open and a runner on second.

He screamed “Respect me!” after his blooper in left field drove in the winning run in the 2-1 victory.

After the game, Rizzo revealed what he was thinking in the moment. 

With the defeat, the Nationals are on the brink of elimination in the playoffs, down 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

Game 4 is Tuesday at 5:38 p.m.

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