WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, MASN color analyst F.P. Santangelo offered an opinion that was against the grain in saying the Dodgers, rather than the Cubs, are the team he’s most worried about the Nationals facing in the postseason.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo was asked if he agrees with that assessment during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance with The Sports Junkies on Wednesday. The topic arose as the Burke & Herbert Bank Fan Question of the Week.
“Everybody’s a threat. If F.P. could let me know who’s the team to beat and how to beat ’em, he’d be making a lot of money,” Rizzo joked.
Rizzo was sure to add that the Nats respect all potential postseason opponents equally and, so as to not upset the omnipotent and all-seeing baseball gods, also clarified that, even with a 10-game lead and only 16 games to play, he hasn’t even begun looking ahead to the postseason.
“We respect all teams but we fear none of them,” Rizzo said. “We’ve played all of those teams and the Cubs got a great team, the Dodgers are an awesome team, and who knows who we’re gonna play? The Giants, I don’t discount the Giants one bit, and then you’ve got that Wild Card team, be it the Cardinals, or the Giants, Dodgers or the Mets.”
“They all create different problems for you,” he said. “You have to attack them different ways, but suffice it to say, we’re a good team, too. We’re gonna give anybody we play our best effort. And, like I said… we respect everybody, and when we take the field, I like our chances to win every time.”
“You could have just said, ‘No. I don’t agree with him,'” Junkies co-host John-Paul Flaim quipped.
“”Well, what I don’t agree with is the start of that question, assuming they make the playoffs,” co-host Jason Bishop said. “There’s a 100 percent chance they make the playoffs.”
“I definitely assume nothing,” Rizzo said. “I definitely assume nothing and I don’t like talking about it. I don’t like looking ahead. I’m looking ahead to 4 o’clock’s game today, that’s as far as I want to talk about. Although we make plans obviously well in advance, and we do our due diligence, I don’t want to upset the baseball gods by looking too far and talking too much about things that we haven’t earned yet.”