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Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals force a deciding NLDS Game 5 with win over Cubs

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals force a deciding NLDS Game 5 with win over Cubs

The Washington Nationals can feature this event on their 2018 promotional calendar: the Stephen Strasburg bobblehead doll, featuring a springy caricature of the pitcher popping up from a sick bed.

In Nationals lore, this game will simply be known as the Strasburg game. The pitcher that the Nationals had said was too ill to pitch effectively saved his team’s season. The pitcher belittled on national television for his alleged reluctance to pitch while ill saved his reputation.

Sick? We should all be so sick.

With the Nationals facing elimination, Strasburg sneezed and coughed, put up his germy hand in the faces of the Chicago Cubs, and just said no.

He pitched seven...

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