This was the wrong season to take a vacation at the trade deadline.
Two weeks in a different environment and a change in the pace of life is good for anyone, but what a culture shock upon returning! It’s like falling asleep for 20 years or going back in time, maybe to 2010.
Because the last time the Washington Nationals were 53-70 was on Aug 22, 2010, with Jim Riggleman bringing home a 69-93, last-place team. That record earned the Nationals the right to draft Anthony Rendon at No. 6 in the first round the next season.