Start off your holiday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:
Rendon more than fine flying under the radar
WASHINGTON — Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon said recently he would like to go under the radar and just play baseball. He simply feels if there is more attention, there are more problems.
Don’t get the wrong idea. Rendon loves playing in front of 41,000 fans at Nationals Park, but he doesn’t want it to get to the point where he is a rock star like LeBron James.
“I don’t want to be that big. I just want to play the game. That’s what I’m here for,” Rendon said. “A person [like James] is under a microscope with everything they do. They can’t take two feet out of their house without saying, ‘He tripped over the sidewalk. Maybe he has lost a step.'” Read full article here.
Dobbs accepts assignment to Triple-A
WASHINGTON — More than a week after being designated for assignment, infielder Greg Dobbs will return to the Nationals organization after accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse.
Dobbs, 36 and who needs two hits to reach 100 pinch hits in a career, was 6-for-28 [.214] with Washington with two RBIs before he was designated for assignment on June 25th. Read full article here.
Washington Nationals are finally healthy enough to find out how good they are
In winter, baseball franchises build wonderful-looking teams that thrill their fans with possibility, but once the annual reality of injury and age arrive, those teams never take the field in the summer intact.
Fans hate to watch their teams fail, though they know that’s part of the risk of chasing greatness. What’s far more frustrating, what feels deeply unfair, is for a 25-man roster, under construction for years, never to get an extended chance to play together.
There is a worse answer in sports than, “You’re not good enough.”
It is, “You’re never going to be able to show whether you’re good enough or not.” Read full article here.