Life is full of tough decisions, and most often we never know the outcome until we choose the path.
Nobody in Washington wanted Robert Griffin III to further injure his knee. Nobody in Washington wanted to see RG3 standing on the sideline in street clothes either.
If this feels like deja vu, it’s because it was for Washington. Just months earlier the Washington Nationals chose to protect their future instead of living in the present when they sat out pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the end of the season and the playoffs.
Yes, I understand Strasburg wasn’t injured at the time, but the risk of re-injury is one we can all acknowledge as it concerns Tommy John surgery.
Each franchise had to make a choice about what to do with their star player. One chose to play him, the other to sit him. In both scenarios, things didn’t end the way fans would want.
That does technically mean those decisions failed. It does not however prove that doing the opposite would have resulted in success.
If RG3 didn’t play against Philly or Dallas would they have even made the playoffs? If he hadn’t further injured the knee in the 4th quarter would the Redskins have rallied to win?
If Stephen Strasburg had continued to pitch would he have been injured? Would the Nats have won the World Series?
We don’t know the answers to any of those questions definitively. We are just left to deal with the outcome. I just wonder if Nats fans feel better about resting Strasburg now that RGIII got hurt?