Wednesday, June 9, 2010,10:57 a.m.CSNwashington.comStrasburg ReadingWell, last night was interesting at Nationals Park, wasnt it? Stephen Strasburg debuted and was dazzling, allowing only two runs in seven innings and setting a Nationals record with 14 strikeouts.As expected, even the most skeptical of national media who attended the game were as dazzled as those who saw Strasburg in spring training or the minor leagues.Heres a collection of what was written, including four names for the home field Nationals Stadium (wrong), Nationals Field (wrong), No Naming Rights Stadium (wrong but hilarious) and Nationals Park (correct).Nick Cafardo (Boston Globe) recalled Roger Clemens Red Sox debut in 1984 against Cleveland in front of 4,000 fans at the Mistake By The Lake.Clemens didnt live up to the fanfare, allowing 11 hits and four earned runs with only four strikeouts in a 7-5 loss. Stephen Strasburgs debut last night was a lot different.Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports): In the Year of the Prospect of Jason Heyward and his first-at-bat home run, of Mike Stanton and Buster Posey and Starlin Castro no introduction matched Strasburgs. He finished with seven consecutive strikeouts, each more impressive than the previous, punctuated by a 99-mph fastball through which Andy LaRoche swung feebly.Bob Klapisch (Bergen Record): Winning meant surviving a trip to the plate without being embarrassed. Good contact was any contact at all. Lastings Milledge shook his head and said, Strasburg had such great, great location. You wanted to attack his fastball, but he never gave us anything to drive. He was much different than any pitcher Ive ever faced. I tip my cap to him.Tyler Kepner (New York Times): We cannot put the Washington Nationals in the World Series yet. They are still, for now, the last-place team in the National League East. But every climb must start somewhere, and Tuesday seemed like that moment for this franchise.Joel Sherman (New York Post) had one of the best lines of the night: In many ways this was Stephen Strasburgs 12th minor league start since the Pirates offered a lineup with Lastings Milledge hitting third and all the firepower of a kite. But, regardless of the forum, Strasburg was in a league of his own.Phil Rogers (Chicago Tribune): ... Strasburg put on a 94-pitch clinic, illustrating why the Nats were willing to invest a record 15.1 million in him after a down-to-the-wire negotiation with agent Scott Boras last summer. Boras' reputation for hyping his clients is legendary, but Strasburg's debut made you wonder if he has been undersold.Paul Hagen (Philadelphia Daily News): Now Strasburg, as much as possible, becomes just a member of the rotation. His next start will be in Cleveland. He wont always be so overpowering. But his career couldnt have gotten off to a much more auspicious start. Youve got to suspect even Walter Johnson would have been impressed.Gene Collier (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): From the moment Strasburg walked out of the bullpen with pitching coach Steve McCatty at 6:59 p.m., the only emotion perceptible on his young face came just as the crowd fully realized his presence along the right-field foul line. There was an instantaneous standing ovation, and Strasburg seemed to gulp a little, but McCatty broke the tension by doffing his cap.
Strasburg Reading List
June 9, 2010, 2:57 pm