Ray Knight on Strasburg and Dibble
As this Dibble/Strasburg train continues to careen past Dead Horse Saloon and through Overkill Canyon, I wanted to take one minute to post Ray Knight's comments from his appearance on the Junkies Thursday morning. Ray Knight maybe should have gone into public relations. I can't find an off note here.
"Rob is a tough guy," Knight said of his MASN co-worker. "I saw him endure a lot of things. I know he went on the DL a couple times. I mean, he's speaking from a place through experience. He's tough and very, very strong mentally. But you can't force or even take a miniscule chance with something like this.
"You know, it's not about being babied. I've known Rob a long time, and sometimes he says things out of passion, because he loves this team. I mean, he loves this team. He pulls for these guys so hard. And there's sometimes I can just tell when he's on the air, he gets a little quiet when he gets perturbed with the team not playing well. It's not his team, but we do have a vested interest in the team. And you don't want to be homers, but you're with these guys every day, and you care about them, and you want them to do right.
"I just think he got a little overzealous in that deal, and he didn't mean it the way it came out. Sometimes he gets on things and it almost seems like a rant, but I just know him well enough that he wouldn't say anything to hurt that kid for a million dollars. He just wouldn't do it. But the fact is, you cannot take a chance. I don't care if he's got a hangnail and it doesn't feel comfortable to him, then you slow down, evaluate it, take a look, because you can't afford to be wrong. You just can't....
"As valuable as that right or left arm is, you better be cautious, almost freakishly sure of everything. So, I hate that all that got blown out for Rob's sake, and for Stephen too. This kid, he's special, but you've got to treat them all the same, and I believe the Nationals do."
August 26, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
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