David Ross blasts Strasburg for not wanting to start


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Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports

ESPN analyst and former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross was on ESPN's Baseball Tonight and had some harsh comments about Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg not initally wanting to pitch because of an allergy problem.

"For me, as a teammate and the guy that I rely on, your guy, your No. 1 starter, says ‘I’ve got the sniffles, and I can’t go?’" Ross said. "I’m like ‘What? They asked you to go. We gave you 175 million dollars, if I’m the manager of that team and I ask you to take the ball…

"There’s not one dude that doesn’t want the ball in the playoffs. Do you want to know why the Washington Nationals can’t get over the hump? That tells me a lot about him. I don’t know about that clubhouse, but that tells me a lot about him if these reports are true."

Ross said that it's not cool to let your team down.

"If I’m his teammate and I walk in the clubhouse the next day, I can’t make eye contact with this dude,” Ross said. "This is as bad as it gets for me as a teammate."

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