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Strasburg Debut Lives Up To The Hype

 In case you didn’t hear, last year’s number one draft pick Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut last night. If you didn’t hear, you probably aren’t reading this…as no doubt you have no electricity, running water, or contact with the outside world in that cave you live in.

 Hyped as the best pitching prospect to ever come out of college, Strasburg signed a record $15M contract last August. The small town of Strasburg, VA offered to temporarily rename itself after the 21 year-old phenom who had yet to pitch a major league inning. A few weeks before his debut, Strasburg’s baseball card sold for $16,400 in an eBay auction. The media dubbed the night “Stras-mas”. Everyone expected this to be a history making night…..who could possibly live up to the incredibly high expectations of the fans and media?

 I guess Stephen could.

 As Nando Di Fino eloquently put it in this WSJ article: http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2010/06/09/sterling-start-for-strasburg/“Stephen Strasburg’s 14-strikeout debut performance for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night didn’t just meet expectations, it took those expectations out on a date, romanced them, and then married the expectations in a lavish beachside ceremony attended by Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand.”

 Strasburg  let Pudge Rodriguez call the pitches. All he had to do was throw to the mitt of the veteran catcher. And he did…often…and fast. Touching triple digits on the radar gun at least once.  He  had 14 strike outs (the most in a major league debut since J.R. Richard’s struck out 15 hitters almost 40 years ago) and no one walked. Strasburg only struggled in the fourth inning when he gave up a two run homerun to Delwyn Young. He shook that little setback off pretty quickly and only seemed to get better the next three innings.

 "The last inning, he was just extremely overpowering," said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. "It was just one of those really memorable things, one of those things you'll always remember. I'm just happy for him, for his family, for Tony Gwynn and his staff at San Diego State [Strasburg's alma mater], for Spin Williams [the Nationals' pitching coordinator and former Pirates pitching coach), for our Double-A and Triple-A staffs -- geez I'm talkin' like it's the Academy Awards up here!" Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10160/1064221-150.stm#ixzz0qNLJ9Vyz

 The guy who bought Strasburg’s card on eBay may have gotten a bargain…..this kid could be good.

 The 21 year old will see his next start on Sunday vs. the Indians…