When you're the fan of a team that never wins and has no real chance to win, it's hard to get real excited. There's no real point in hoping for a winner, so there are other things you have to get riled up about. And it's doubly hard as a fan base to find things other than wins and losses to really be passionate about as a united group. Everyone has their own opinions about what the team should do and what brand of beer they should sell at the park.
But from time to time, we as Nationals fans have been able to come together passionately around certain causes. Firing Jim Bowden. Loving Ryan Zimmerman. Spoiling the Mets. Hating the Phillies. Clint.
Now, we have another: Rob Dibble. Dibble has for a long time been a polarizing figure. Some love him, some hate him. Charitably, I'd say he's a big personality and inspires strong opinions. That's not a bad thing.
But now that Dibble has put himself squarely on the side of hating Stephen Strasburg--he started by bad-mouthing him last summer during his contract negotiation and amped it way up this week by criticizing his toughness--I predict that Dibble will be the next cause celebre to bring Nationals fans together.
You didn't hear it here first, and this won't be the last, but for the love of god, Stan Kasten: fire Dibble.