Thursday, June 10, 2010

Merry Strasmas

As most of you know by now, the one and only Nationals rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg (that's Strahhh-sburg, not Straaa-sburg) made his MLB debut on Tuesday night and exceeded all expectations. My friend Doe, Nate and myself all attended and had great seats in the OF to see #37 warm up pre-game. The picture to the left was taken during the warmups. Strasburg didn't disappoint the sellout crowd as he went 7, gave up only 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks and struck out a team-record 14 Pirates batters. Absolutely incredible for someone's first major league game.

It was good to be at Nats Park and see the whole crowd into the game. Strasburg struck out the side in the 6th and 7th and each strikeout brought a louder roar from the crowd. It was without a doubt the best baseball game I'd ever been to (and I've probably been to 100 or so games).

The sky is the limit for this kid. Let's hope he can stay healthy long-term. Both he and fellow #1 draft pick Bryce Harper will be the core for this team for a long time. It's looking like the next few years will be very exciting for us Nationals fans. I'll definitely be watching on Sunday when #37 takes the mound again against the Indians. If you missed any part of the game (or if you want to see shear pitching talent personified), check out the recaps of all 14 strikeouts below.

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