I'll say hi to the Nationals offense when I see it.
A couple people said they liked Boz's column and you know what, that's ok! It was a good column. It was a right column (well most of it was). It was just at the wrong time. If the Nats were fighting for a division crown or even a WC spot than that column works. You want to be the best team you can. The Nats disregard for stolen bases is comical and their skill in performing basic baseball tasks could be improved. Is it something that could make a difference in more than say, 1 to 3 games? Probably not. But when you are fighting for a specific spot then 1 or 2 or 3 games really matter. The goal of the organization should be to maximize their chances to win prior to the situation by putting together the best team & best minor league system they can, getting them to play as well as they can, and then seeing what happens.
Problem is now the Nats aren't fighting for anything. 1 to 2 to 3 games don't matter. So the column is complaining about the location of the band-aid on the sliced artery. You can maximize it but it's still not solving the problem (unless your goal is .500)
I want to reiterate something that is just remarkable to me. One month ago the Nats were only 4 games out of first. That's right. On the morning of July 8th the Nats were only 4 games behind the Braves. (they were also 4 games out of the 2nd WC). In 30 days they lost 11.5 games of ground. That is hard to do. Even more amazing to me on July 28th the Nats were 8.5 games out. They lost 4.5 games to the Braves in three weeks. In the next 10 days they lost 7 games. SEVEN! (The Nats have actually lost "only" 6 games in this time frame but the Braves won on both the Nats days off)
It's just crazy how this season, where the Nats basically spent 10 weeks trailing the Braves by 6 games or so, suddenly ended in the span of 10 days.