Stephen Strasburg : A Taste of Syracuse
by Adam Popescu
Stephen Strasburg is heading to the big show.
On June 8, the Syracuse Chiefs’ pitching phenom will make his major-league debut for the Washington Nationals against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 50 1/3 innings for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft was 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA and 60 strikeouts.
Strasburg’s calm, collected demeanor and dominance on the mound have won over fans. Big time.
I was lucky to see him a few times—every time I went, the crowds got bigger, and the ticket prices went up.
Sold-out games in the majors are one thing, but sold-out games for minor-league action? Strasburg t-shirts at $20 a pop?
Fans knew they wouldn’t have him forever, and they took advantage of him while they could. In a city part Bull Durham and part Major League, I got my share of salt potatoes, frankfurters and Labatt Blues, and really enjoyed getting the chance to see this kid’s stuff. I was lucky to see sheer dominance on more than once occasion, including a a 6 inning no hitter.
From everyone in Syracuse, thanks for throwing that heat for us Stephen.
Give em hell.