(Speaking of higher beings, I love how agent Scott Boras is emerging from the Strasburg saga as one part Robin Hood, one part Branch Rickey and two parts Marcus Welby. Boras apparently is the social conscience of a new generation - I half-expect him to be volunteering at soup kitchens in Beverly Hills by year's end.)
In summation - I believe I have a few words left on the clock - JUST PITCH THE KID. No one's guaranteed tomorrow; heck, he'd probably be fine. If he's not, just throw in somebody else - don't the Nationals have another Tommy John surgery alum on the roster?
Ask the Slouch
Q. What's your early evaluation of the NFL replacement officials? (David Martin; Carmel, Ind.)
A. What, suddenly I'm Red Cashion? Here's America In a Nutshell: Most of us probably would be less disturbed by replacement Supreme Court justices than by NFL replacement refs.
Q. I'm a Redskins fan - they're always talking about realizing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's vision. What is Kyle Shanahan's vision? (Mike Ryan; Dover, Del.)
A. That Dad keeps his job.
Q. Did each of your ex-wives go into tennis mode and fall to her knees while triumphantly raising the divorce papers and shedding tears of joy at the conclusion of each of your marriages? (Joe Leginus; Silver Spring, Md.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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