Anthony Rendon, who is now a free agent, talked during the World Series about how he and his teammates battled back from their 19-31 start to the season to reach the postseason and ultimately win it all this year.
As he explained it, he and the rest of the Washington Nationals circled the wagons after the struggles during the first 50 games, and they were defying those who doubted the team from late May on, through the end of Game 7 of the Fall Classic.
‘I’d go back further than just the postseason, for sure, when everyone started doubting us probably the middle of the year when everyone goes back to 19-31,” Rendon said.
“But even when they were saying that, ‘We need to fire Davey,’ or ‘We need to trade so and so,’ or, ‘We need to clean house, clean the front office out,’ whatever it might be.
“I think then it was kind of where we got our attitude and said, ‘Screw everybody else, we’re not worrying about what’s going outside of our clubhouse. We have to worry about the 25 guys that are in here and that are actually grinding.’
“No offense, but nobody outside of that clubhouse knows the work that we put in each and every day and the amount of…