Stephen Strasburg : A Taste of Syracuse

by Adam Popescu

Stephen Strasburg

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.

Cold Ones with Stephen Strasburg

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.

The Stadium on a clear blue

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.

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—Adam Popescu