I’m sorry – the National’s game is SOLD OUT??? Did Ted Williams come back from the freezer to don a Nat’s jersey?
Seriously, if you’ve ever been to a Nat’s game, it’s a veritable ghost town – which is fine by me, I hate waiting in line for a beer!
And what may you say is the real cause of DC baseball mania? None other than a young buck with the most anticipated pitching debut in the game.
It’s a heck of a thing – barely being of drinking age, never stepping foot on a professional pitcher’s mound, and being the name on everyone’s lips. A year ago Stephen Strasburg was the number one draft pick out of San Diego State, signing with the Nationals for an unheard of four-year, $15.1 million contract with the Nationals (Scott Boras does work!), and the waiting began.
He’s been chilling in the minors, remaining virtually unhittable – going a combined 7-2 with a 1.30 ERA, a WHIP of 0.80 and 65 strikeouts in 55 innings for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.
While all the stats are wicked impressive, he hasn’t been squaring off with the likes of Prado, Braun and Rolen, or pitching to sold out crowds.
With a slider that clocks in at speeds of other’s fastballs, and an arsenal of unpredictable pitches – the kid’s got something to watch.
However, he’s got questionable mechanics, which could lead to injuries, or just running out of juice. If the Nationals keep him to a limited pitch count, like they’ve been doing, they might be on to something big. But all this comes from a ball club that put up 59–103 record last year, so let’s hope the management changes will keep on making better choices.
The problem with hype – it’s rarely lived up to, but I’m ready to be wowed. I’m ready for a breath of fresh air in DC sports and the game in general.
We’re ready for the next big thing – while holding off on crowing him the next Koufax just yet.
Countless reporters, players, coaches, scouts, fans – basically anyone who’s seen this guy pitch say he’s the real deal, ready to quench your hype thirst… we wait with bated breath good sir.
I just hope writers don’t start dropping the expression “Strasburg Rules”, because my head just might explode.