The Filibuster

Strasburg is looking pretty good in the minors but the Nationals are
putting together a surprisingly decent season so far.  How long before
he comes up to join the club and what kind of impact will he have?

Frankenmuth, MI

stephen strasburg.jpgBefore I say anything, I just gotta ask: are you the same Ashley from Frankenmuth that my nefarious and oft sedated colleague Mr. Krause used to usher in and out of our college dormroom at odd hours back in the day, so as not to draw attention to his haphazard extracurricular activities? 

If you’re not, then just pretend this piece starts… now:

Okay, Stephen Strasburg.  Fine.  But please realize I ain’t no analyst.  I am not an insider.  I don’t have an ear within the organization nor do I claim to know what any of the higher-ups are actually doing.  I only have access to the same information you do… and considering that, I can tell you this:

Stephen Strasburg is wicked sick.

Believe me, I did not want to like this kid.  At all.  I cannot stand the overhyping of a young someone who has never faced any serious Major League competition, ever, in his life.  Sure, every once in a while the media gets it right.  But rarely.  For every Jason Heyward there are a bazillion Todd Van Poppels, Bill Pulsiphers, Brien Taylors.  And that’s not even including the fizzlers who succumb to injury like Mark Prior and lackluster primadonnas like Pete Incaviglia.

But this Strasburg fella… I think he’s the real deal.

His motion is mechanically fluid.  His ball has jump.  He makes hitters look silly.

And his current line at AA Harrisburg reads as such:

3 W, 0.52 ERA, 0.577 WHIP, 11.9 SO/9

Uh… wow.

AND the Nationals are actually holding their own right now among the NL East hogs.  To hear the talking sports heads tell it, if the Nats continue to compete and Strasburg continues to dominate, we could very well see him this season.  And if we do, I would bet he’d destroy everyone he faces.

The first time around.

After that, it’s anyone’s guess.

But I do know one thing: when Strasburg does make it to the Bigs, he’ll be the most loved man in all of Washington, D.C. since January 20, 2009.

And we all know how loved POTUS is now.  Jeesh.  We US Americans… we’re a tough crowd.

Hate me ‘cuz it ain’t illegal yet, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.




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***Nancy Pelosi’s original face also welcome. I wanna scare one of my neighbors.



  1. raysrenegade

    I think the clock is ticking louder and louder for him to get a nice “bump” up maybe near the All Star break.
    I have a weird feeling the Nats do not want to make a “Elijah Dukes” mistakes with “Stras” and might make him pay a bit of dues via the long bus rides for a bit.
    But if the team become a bit more competitive do you risk that additional service year or throw caution to the wind the kid will re-up down the line before he prices himself out of Washington…..
    But with my luck he is already on a slow boat to DC, with a sandspur stuck somewhere for motivation.

    Rays Renegade

  2. redstatebluestate

    Homer — Good point. I was afraid to come out and say it, but you did it for me anyway. Good call!
    RR — “Sandspur”… is that what the kids are callin’ it these days?

  3. Jonestein

    I think I’ve said it before, but Strasburg looks like a Vulcan/Ferringi hybrid in that particular pic.
    He is, like you said, looking really good, as are the surprising Natinals. We shall see…

  4. redstatebluestate

    Jonestein — Good point. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen “Ferringi” referenced in a baseball conversation. NICE!

  5. Jane Heller

    I’m going with the others and saying it’s his ears that are responsible for his pitching talent. Can’t wait to see him in a game one of these days, except that it would mean watching the Nationals.

  6. redstatebluestate

    Greg — I’m positive it’s her. I’m willing to sacrifice one reader if it means making all the others smile 🙂

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