We Wait With Bated Breath

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.

One thought on “We Wait With Bated Breath

  1. I just hope writers don’t start dropping the expression “Strasburg Rules”, because my head just might explode.

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