Stephen Strasburg isn't one to open up to the media very often, but this past weekend - surrounded by family and friends - the Nationals' pitcher spoke candidly on a number of topics.
While hosting his annual 5K, from which proceeds benefit the San Diego State baseball program, Strasburg acknowledged the doubt that surrounded his career following last year's Tommy John surgery.
"Some people thought I wasnt going to pitch at all, that his career was done before it even started," Strasburg told Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I just tuned all that stuff out. I knew what I had to do.
In addition to his recovery, Strasburg also opened up about his relationship with Bryce Harper. Despite polar opposite personalities, Strasburg notes a kinship with the brash young slugger because of the intense scrutiny they've each faced at such a young age.
Harper handles it differently than I would, Strasburg said. Theres nothing wrong with the way he handles it. That can work to his advantage to some extent. Ive talked to him a few times about it. Hes a great kid, a young kid who comes from a different situation.
Me being a college guy, I got a chance to kinda slowly move into it, whereas he was 16 on the cover of Sports Illustrated.