In other news Rizzo came out and said that Ian Desmond is playing for a starting role. On one hand, that's great news because I believe that Desmond is the future, that he should be taught well and Nats fans should let him lead the way to the playoffs. The sooner he plays everyday in the majors, the sooner the Nats will know if he is a major league caliber SS, and the sooner they can plan around the results. That's how it's supposed to work with young players.
On the other hand, Rizzo's hand has basically been forced to say this by the hot spring Desmond has had so far. That might mean that the Nats GM can be influenced by a week of good at bats during meaningless games to start changing his mind (maybe) about a player. That's not good news.
That's problem #14233 with Spring Training. Fans (and GMs?) can selectively pick what matters and what doesn't, mainly because nothing matters.
- The Nats are 0-10? Not meaningful.
- Strasburg pitches well again. Meaningful.
- Matt Capps has been garbage? Not meaningful.
- Desmond awesome? Meaningful.
- Morgan and Dukes struggling? Not meaningful.
It's easy to paint a rosy picture, when you can pick and choose all your paint colors to be pink. Some of the good things happening now won't work out. Some of the bad things won't end up mattering. It's spring. How many years do we have to go through this?