WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Cakes asked up-and-coming Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan the most long-winded, uncomfortable question, while the Junkies were down in Florida last week, and Jordan’s response was fitting.
If you’re not familiar with Jordan, he’s a 25-year-old right-handed starting pitcher who was called up to the show for the first time, prematurely as the Nationals rotation struggled through injuries, in 2013.
He had a respectable line as a starter (1-3, 3.66 ERA, 51.2 innings pitched, 1.355 WHIP, 5.1 strikeouts per nine), but with about 4 of the 5 sports in the Nationals rotation shored up heading into spring in 2014, the odds are unfavorably stacked against him to make the squad (at least, as a starter).
Cakes’ question was literally 20 seconds long and basically summarized Jordan’s entire life, namely his effort to make the club.
Here’s a direct transcription of his question, and Jordan’s ensuing response:
Cakes: How great is it to have all these really impressive young arms here in this locker room? Really good rotation. It’s tough to crack that rotation — you want to be the 4th or 5th starter there with guys like [Stephen] Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, [Jordan] Zimmermann — I mean those are good guys to learn from, but it’s gonna be tough to get in the mix with those guys, with their credentials here, with the Nats.
Jordan: Uhhh … what do I say to that? Ummm. You know, yea, we’re all on the same team. I’m competing for a spot. Hopefully I can make the team and contribute to winning during the season. If I don’t, if I don’t make the team out of spring training, then you just have to work harder and hopefully you get up there.
There’s nothing I can write which will make this better or worse. Just listen.
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