Suddenly, everyone in baseball hates the Nationals. Wait, what?
Now, they've become one of the most hated teams in baseball, at least among the other front offices in baseball.
Why exactly is everyone hating on this team? The answer is simple, really. They're sitting Stephen Strasburg.
That's not the complete reason, but it's a huge part of it. GM Mike Rizzo has been pretty cocky about the Nationals' playoff chances in the future, saying that they're making the right choice by sitting Strasburg, since they'll win the NL East plenty more times in the next few years.
"We'll be back and doing this a couple more times."
That obviously didn't sit well with other GMs around the league, whose goal is for THEIR team to victory, not sitting back and watching the Nationals make the playoffs every year.
Right now, it looks like the decision to sit Strasburg was the wrong one. They're down 2-1 to the Cardinals, and gave up 20 runs in their two losses. Strasburg probably wouldn't have helped them win game 3, since their offense got shut out, but it doesn't take a math wiz to tell you that giving up 10 runs per game won't get you many wins.
Even one of the Nationals' players has spoken out, saying that they would have taken a 2-0 series lead if Strasburg was on the postseason roster.
People don't like a cocky attitude, and they don't like when it looks like someone isn't doing everything they can possibly do to win.
It's hard to say that the Nationals are truly doing everything they can possibly do to win, when they're having arguably their best pitcher sit out the entire playoffs.
We may never know for sure whether or not Rizzo's decision is the right one. But regardless, it might never sit well with everyone.