The Nationals response to Jimmy Rollins: injuries are part of the deal
The other day Jimmy Rollins said that if the Phillies hadn’t had so many injuries last year that they would have beat out the Nationals in the NL East. Bob Brookover asked the Nationals about that:
Which I don’t take at all to be Werth truly saying that the Nationals would have won 120 games. I take it -- along with the comments of other Nats players -- as a cute way of saying, hey, everyone has injuries, it’s part of the game.
I really do dislike it when players, managers, front office types, fans or whoever play the " ... if it weren’t for the injuries ..” game. Yes, injuries suck. And yes, injuries often prevent teams from doing as well as they might have if the injuries had not occurred. But injuries contribute to losses for every single team. If you hypothetically remove them from one team, as Rollins would have us do, you have to hypothetically remove them from the others as well.