Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Way to Go, Stephen Strasburg!!
Smallville never experimented (as I recall) with Clark’s playing baseball, let alone pitching; so last night Washington Nationals rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg satisfied our expectations to see Superman in a 5-2 victory for the Nationals over the Pittsburgh Pirates. His first pitch was a ball, but his first strikeout was the third batter. He struck out 14 in 7 innings, at a pace equal to Bob Feller’s 18.
Remember Koufax and Drysdale? Remember the 1954 Cleveland Indians’s four man rotation (Feller, Lemmon, Wynn, and Garcia as I recall). Great pitching is coming back.
How will Strasburg do at the other end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, against the Phillies? (They're that good.)
I do remember the 1950s when the old Senators struggled with Ramos, Pascual, and Clevenger. But when they moved to Minnesota, Pascual became an ace.
Remember Walter Johnson?
I remember a Friday in May, 1959 when I pitched a softball "shutout" (4-0) in gym class (with a "one strike rule"). The gym teacher called me "shutout Boushka". I even hit a ground ball home run (no enclosed field). The Senators lost in Boston that night, 4-3. I still got a C in gym.
(Above Picture: from game I attended at Nationals Park in 2008.)
Wikipedia attribution link for new Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Twins (the Washington Senators until 1960).