MLB super agent Scott Boras made headlines last month for stating his personal involvement in the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. In a radio interview with 106.7 The Fan, Boras intimated there could be legal concerns for the Nats in listening to their doctors' advice and also claimed he and Rizzo "built" the team as it stands.
Defining his involvement in the construction of the Nats as if he was a sort of co-general manager obviously caught peoples' attention, and now Boras is backtracking from those comments. His explanation is not only conceivable, but kinda funny in how he portrays Rizzo.
"Do you think Mike Rizzo's personality is attuned to having someone call him and tell him what to do with his particular team? Come on," he said.
"Certainly, I try to give teams insights and information. But when you're not there every day, how can you make these calls? It's not my place or anybody's place unless you're there."
Rizzo is obviously strong-willed in his decision-making, it takes supreme confidence and conviction to stick with your guns when nearly everybody in the baseball world is criticizing you publicly. Rizzo himself wasn't offended by Boras' claim and gives the exact same reason in defense of their relationship.
"I wasn't upset about it,'' he said. "I figured it was either taken out of context or there was a mistake or it was misunderstood or misrepresented. If (Boras) did say that, it was a laughable assertion that he would have that much input on what we're trying to do. Anybody who knows me well obviously laughed about it, too.''
To be a GM in professional sports, you can't exactly waffle when it comes time to make decisions. Every year they make countless choices, some with millions of dollars on the line, and job security is almost an oxymoron in their profession. Just ask Theo Epstein.
So for those assuming Boras played a big role in Strasburg's shutdown, he may have been less involved than it once appeared.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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