Morning Pixels: Jack Morris jabs the Nats

October 17, 2012

One of the constant retorts of Nats fans (and Thomas Boswell) to the criticism around baseball of Mike Rizzo’s Strasburg strategy went like this: EVERYONE ELSE IS JEALOUS.

Of all the pro-Strasburg arguments, this one seemed perhaps the most tenuous to me, because the Rizzo criticism was coming from good teams and bad, from first place and last. And indeed, Tuesday night provided another example.

Jack Morris — a Tigers partisan and former Detroit star who threw out the first pitch before Game 3 — spoke with the media on Tuesday evening, and he took a jab at the Nats. Whatever his motivation, I don’t think it was jealousy.

“Jack, obviously you pitched in a ton of big games in the postseason,” a media member began. “What went through your mind when you saw Verlander’s complete game in the Game 5 against the Oakland Athletics?”

“I think everybody in the Washington Nationals’ front office should pay attention that guys should go deep into games,” Morris replied. “I shouldn’t say that, should I? You know, quite honestly, though, when I see CC complete a game two days after Justin did, and I see guys doing it, it reminds me that there’s still hope because — I can say this, Phyllis, and you can’t tell me I can’t say this ‑‑ I believe the pitch count is overrated. I think the whole thing will come to fruition, the cycle, the experiment, and they will see that there is value in starting pitching to go deep in the games, to help save the bullpen. 

“And there’s lots of guys ‑‑ we weren’t freaks because of what we did. I know guys can do it.  I know they still can do it.”

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER…
A terrific story from Rick Maese about the biggest Maryland fan in the universe.

Davey Johnson defends his Game 5 managing, says he might have retired had the Nats won the World Series.

The Redskins think their offensive line might have turned the corner.

Michael Lee on Jordan Crawford: “What some might view as delusional, Crawford sees as a way of life.”

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY
The Terps sing their victory song after knocking off Virginia on the road, and then count off their four wins.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Davey, for sure:

“Let me tell you something: Any manager in baseball, they will tell you, if you can get to your closer with a lead, you’ve done good. I don’t give a rat’s [behind] what anybody else thinks. If it’s a one-run lead, a two-run lead, you did it.”

 

TWEET OF THE DAY
Bryce Harper is no longer a teenager.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The baseball playoffs, at 4 on Fox and 8 on TBS. Root against everyone! All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

RGIII AND THE POINT SPREAD
ESPN the Mag editor and gambling columnist Chad Millman is publishing these rankings of individual NFL players and their point-spread value. “This is the list wiseguys fear you having,” he explained in this week’s installment, available to insiders. I don’t know what goes into it, but Robert Griffin III ranks 44th, with a point-spread value of 2 points. (London Fletcher is the only other Redskin in the top 75; he ranks 73rd, at 1 point.) And I’m here to tell you that’s ludicrous. The Redskins currently average about 29 points a game; they’re not averaging 27 with Kirk Cousins or Rex Grossman calling the shots. Guys like Matt Ryan (8) and Phillip Rivers (7) and Josh Freeman (6) are worth exponentially more than RGIII in Millman’s rankings. I’m not buying it.

 

PHILLY LOVES SWEATPANTS
Philadelphia leads the nation in sweat pants and sweat gear purchases, according to a recent study. That’s science, by the way.

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