A Lesson in Decision Making: Local News Edition

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Today’s Lesson is: decision making.

It was quite a busy and buzz-worthy news day on this Wednesday in the District. First we lost the streetcars proposed for H Street, then we got them back. Oh … and then there was that time the Nationals sold tons of tickets for their June 4 contest vs the Cinncinatti Reds because everyone took it upon themselves to guess that the young phenom Stephen Strasburg would be making his Major League debut that day. This happened all while the Nationals organization never once announced anything on the subject.

Here’s the biggest difference in today’s decision making by the major players in Wednesday’s local daily news:

Vincent Gray, although he flip flopped, informed the public once he made a decision.

The Washington Nationals organization, on the other hand, never said anything about Strasburg or when his first start would actually be until today with the acknowledgement of there being a “tentative plan“.

What have we learned? We don’t know when Stephen Strasburg will get his first Major League start. So calm down. Try to have some patience.

Just watch some baseball and enjoy it. After all, the team playing  for the District at the moment just so happens to be a .500 ball club by MLB standards. Not too shabby.

That and DC politics get really confusing really fast.

Rachel moved to DC in the fall of 2005 to study Journalism and Music at American University. When she’s not keeping up with the latest Major League Baseball news, she works on making music as an accomplished singer-songwriter and was even a featured performer/speaker at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012. Rachel has also contributed to The Washington Examiner and MASN Sports’ Nationals Buzz as a guest blogger. See why she loves DC. E-Mail: rachel@welovedc.com.

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4 thoughts on “A Lesson in Decision Making: Local News Edition

  1. Agreed, Gray made the decision, but the Nats can’t make that call this far in advance. Too many factors in play: what if Strass has a setback? Or his last minor league start is rained out? They can’t make a decision until less than a week away and we shouldn’t expect them to do otherwise.

    And honestly, if you’re that upset that you bought tickets to a baseball game that you now have to go watch, you probably aren’t a big enough baseball fan to warrant going to watch Strasburg anyways. It’s your own fault for making an assumption, grab an $8 beer and direct your anger towards the Reds.

  2. The only factor that would make this situation scream “AMERICA!” more would be having Ray Charles reincarnated to sing his rendition of “America the Beautiful” (as heard in The Sandlot when the boys are playing under the fireworks on the 4th of July) after a Nationals victory over the Reds. I mean, come on, baseball … in DC … with fireworks? Add some patriotic tunes and you’ve got yourself an America Love Fest.

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