OK, so maybe that title was weak. They can’t all be winners.
It’s now been a few days since the big Strasburg debut in Altoona on Sunday. I’m sure the nation and beyond has caught its collective breath, at least in time for his home debut in Harrisburg on Friday (by the way, Aroldis Chapman’s on the same schedule).
Reports had it that there were 70+ credentials handed out for the game on Sunday. There were 10 TV stations in attendance, five radio stations (not including the broadcasters for the game) and tons of newspapers and websites there to chronicle it all.
I thought it’d be fun to try and link to a bunch of the subsequent reporting here. Of course, we’ll start with my story on the Strasburg start as well as a side story on fellow first-rounder Drew Storen.
As for others… (some of these require subscriptions, just so’s you know):
- Baseball Prospectus‘ John Perotto
- ESPN.com‘s Keith Law
- Washington Post’s Dave Sheanin on The Nationals Journal blog and the main story in the Post
- USA Today‘s Mel Antonen
- Fanhouse‘s Frankie Piliere
- The Altoona Mirror’s Cory Giger had a terrific piece on Sunday, getting advice from former phenom Mark Prior for Strasburg. He then wrote this story about the debut itself.
The list goes on and on. Needless to say, a good time was had by all and I must admit, it was fun to be a part of all of that, the packed house, the hoopla, the media frenzy and watching him pitch. I saw his no-hitter against Air Force a year ago, so seeing him take that next step was fantastic.
I know everyone was all excited to see Strasburg in action, but I kind of hoped more would’ve been written about Storen. The guy was the No. 10 overall pick in the Draft, after all and should get to the big leagues just as quickly, if not faster, than Strasburg. He seems to get that he’s going to be painted as the sidekick, the Robin to Strasburg’s Batman, if you will, but man, was he lights out on Sunday. And seeing the Strasburg starting, Storen finishing formula in action must get Nats fans excited.
OK, onward and upward. I’ll be back soon, I hope, with some Draft tidbits for the class of 2010.