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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

All Eyes Are On Washington Tonight

*Update Below*

Tonight is the night. The phenom takes center stage in Washington D. C. and I ain’t talkin’ about Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Barack Obama, or any other politician.

Nope, today is not about primaries, tea parties, and oil. Today is about Stephen Strasburg, the fireballing right handed pitcher for the Washington Nationals.

To hear his backers tell it, this guy is Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, and Walter Johnson all wrapped in one, with perhaps a little Carl Hubbell on the side.

The savior of a franchise. The Lord of the mound, the anointed of Major League Baseball.

I am not sure we need to really play the game tonight. After all, it is against Pittsburgh, one of the worst teams in the National League for as long as I can remember. Let’s just give the guy a win and call it good.

Even Dan Patrick and the Danettes were musing on the radio this morning about the possibility of a no-hitter.

Not one to want to throw cold water on a party, but we’ve been down this road a few times before. Here’s the pattern.

Young player is dominant in high school or college, signs for millions in bonus money and is quickly brought up to the bigs because no owner is making this type of investment to watch a kid play ball in Toledo.

Now some of these kids make it, but for every Koufax, who took 7 years to become the dominant pitcher he was, there is a Mark Fidrych, a one year respite from the doldrums of summer.

I am not saying young Mr. Strasburg will not have a long, spectacular career. I hope he does. I am just saying let’s keep our wits about us. While it is entirely possible this kid is the second coming, it is also possible he will be just an average pitcher, struggling with control and lacking a major league curve ball when it counts.

Besides, even if he flames out quickly, we’ll soon have Bryce Harper, baseball’s newest 17 year old future star coming up soon. He was just drafted last night and will be signing for about $345 million dollars to play for the same team as Strasburg, the Nationals.

I wonder where Rich Reichardt is today?


In his debut, Strasburg struck out 14 in seven innings while walking none. A pretty impressive performance for the rookie pitcher.

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Blogger Doug said ... (6:34 PM) : 

Tonight was the first time I actually watched him pitch and I must say he is remarkable.

7 innings, 2 runs and 14 strike outs is pretty darn good in any league.

Sports Illustrated had a really good perspective article on the they whole debut thing and the hype.



Blogger Dave Miller said ... (6:50 PM) : 

I read that SI article. The bottom line is it is still one game. We'll wait and see. Remember, his team is still not very good.


Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said ... (3:15 PM) : 

Speaking of bezzball, waddaya think of the chance of "instant replay" coming to the game, regarding the ump's call on the lost Perfect Game?

Think it's a possibility?



Blogger Dave Miller said ... (4:03 PM) : 

BZ, it already has to some degree, just not on the judgment calls like safe and out.

baseball has limited replay to determine fair or foul on home runs but to bring it on other stuff will be too disrupted to the game.


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