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Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg On Shutdown: "I'm In It With These Guys... I'm Going To Fight With Them Til The End."

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September 2, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
September 2, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

"Though the decision is being 'taken out of his hands' as Nats' GM Mike Rizzo explained, when Stephen Strasburg was asked about the comments made by Davey Johnson and the general manager after Sunday's game, even after the well-documented conversation with Johnson on the way home from Miami in which he was informed he'd have 2 or 3 more starts, the pitcher still said, 'I'm just focused on the next start, that's all I can really focus on right now, but we're going to have to sit down and talk here soon.'

"Asked if it was hard to block out all the discussion of his future, Strasburg said, 'Not really, I just don't have anything to say. I'm in it with these guys, and we still got a long way to go, but I'm going to fight with them til the end.' While several reports have framed this as a defiant statement on the pitcher's part, the context in which he says it, 'I'm in it with these guys... I'm going to fight with them til the end,' would seem to be more a statement that he's going to do all he can to help his teammates while he can rather than a preemptive challenge of the plan to shut him down following the September 12th start.

"The 'I'm in it with these guys' part is an important line of that quote, without it there's a defiant Strasburg, challenging the decision, with it, there's a player wanting to do all he can while he can to help a team that seems destined to bring postseason baseball back to the nation's capital for the first time since 1933."

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