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Strasburg twists knee, Rizzo clenches sphincter

Nov 20, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

Stephen Strasburg twisted his knee shagging fly balls yesterday. They say it wasn’t necessarily serious, but he “heard a ‘pop’ in his knee and crumpled to the ground” and is being sent to L.A. to be examined by an orthopedist.  This is the best part:

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo did not immediately return voice
and text messages seeking additional information, and players and
coaches in Arizona were instructed not to discuss the injury with the
media.

Anyone else get an image of Rizzo crouched in the fetal position on the floor behind his desk, rocking back and forth and repeating “this is not happening . . . this is not happening . . .” as his cell phone rings constantly?

  1. jonny5 - Nov 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    I think that’s the only possible reaction to this news if you’re Rizzo.

  2. eeyore1959 - Nov 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Mark Fidrych revisited?

  3. Spice - Nov 20, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Millions upon millions for a player that has never faced a professional anything. Paying oodels for “potential”
    sigh. How is it that they become GM’s with ZERO ability to negotiate?

  4. RichardInDallas - Nov 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    eeyore – at least Fidrych had ONE good season in the bigs…
    Spice – I wouldn’t say that cutting the asking price by more than two thirds would qualify as ZERO negotiating skills, especially when haggling with the anti-Christ…

  5. Cru11 - Nov 20, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    And then it begins…

  6. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 20, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Millions upon millions for a player that has never faced a professional anything. Paying oodels for “potential”
    sigh. How is it that they become GM’s with ZERO ability to negotiate?

    So I’m sure when you graduated college, and entered into your first profession you told your employer that he/she should hold off on paying you for a least a year so you could establish a ground level of production before earning a paycheck rather than pay you on potention.
    Sigh…

  7. eeyore1959 - Nov 20, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Fidrych has his good season, hurt his knee in the spring, and was rushed back by a team which had hit bottom for the short term dollar. If Washington even thinks of pitching Strasberg before he is fully healthy, they risk getting nothing in return for their outlay.

  8. Dan - Nov 21, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Best. Title. Ever.

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