Nationals-Cardinals Game Five is the most excruciating, agonizing, deflating sporting event I have ever witnessed, and I write this as a Buffalo Bills fan. I think it was even more so coming off the previous evening's amazing, wonderful lead-off walk-off win.
That being said, I watched with a growing sense of dread through the middle of the game as our pitchers continued to not throw strikes and the Cardinals bullpen absolutely shut us down, and the run here, run there erosion of our lead continued. Hell, it could have been blown wide open with those bases-loaded situations, but we did just enough to maintain our lead and finally, finally added another run. I will not speak of the ninth inning, for as noted sportswriter Legolas put it in the late edition of the Greenwood Gazette, "For me the grief is still too near."
Hats off to the Cardinals but hats off especially to the Nationals, who beat expectations this year to win the NL East and get the best record in baseball, all while getting concern-trolled by ignorami squealing about shutting down Strasburg. That was and remains the right thing to do and had no impact on the rest of the season; it may have even improved it based on his last couple of starts.
See you in the spring, gentlemen.