On field the Nationals are still terrible, but there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel. At the last minute the Nationals brain trust got a deal done for Stephen Strasburg and then they named Mike Rizzo as their full time GM, while people might be saying big deal to a Nationals fan this is a big deal.
Coming off the disaster that was Aaron Crow negotiations last year, getting Strasburg signed had to get done and it did, not just for the on the field performance but for the fan base. Strasburg gives us hope that things might turn around. But the draft is not just about Strasburg. At the end of the day it was showing fans that they cared and that is exactly what the organization did. The Nats spent $10.8 million on bonuses for their first 11 picks in the draft that is 32 percent above what the commissioner suggested for those slots, according to Baseball America.
After the disaster that was Jim Bowden, the Nats now have a full time GM that can read birth certificates, Mike Rizzo. It might not be the sexiest name out there, but its someone that we know has the best interest of the team at heart.
While their record is that not good, this summer has given us signs that things might be looking up in the nation’s capital.