Thursday, July 21, 2005

"I'm taking my ball and going home"

It's hard to know what to make of Livan Hernandez' outburst following last night's game. He no doubt was frustrated at losing another game after pitching a quality start, and he was probably tired after slogging his way through a hot and humid night.

But Hernandez' apparent threat to have surgery immediately and shut down his season because of something someone in the organization did or said to him is way out of bounds. In nearly the same breath Hernandez said that he liked the organization and didn't want to let this team or his teammates down, so we hope Hernandez was just blowing off some steam. We suspect that that is the best explanation for the tirade, but if Hernandez does have surgery it's going to be much harder for the Nats to compete for the division title.

Let's hope that this was just another case of a player not being able to overcome his frustration just at the moment when an enterprising reporter put a microphone in his face.

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