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Stras-mas

I haven’t had much time to blog lately since I began studying for the CPA exam while trying to keep up with my P90X regiment, but I felt like I had to after witnessing the performance last night of one of the most hyped pitchers ever. 

I recorded the local MASN feed because I felt like the local broadcasters could give a more in-depth and educated analysis than the national broadcasters can because the national guys are forced to pander to an audience with mostly a very shallow knowledge of both Strasburg and baseball in general and would probably have to spend their time trying to explain why a 90-MPH curveball is so special instead of being able to comment on the pitch selection as a whole.  And even though Bob Carpenter and especially former major-league-pithcer and “Nasty-Boy” Rob Dibble can come across as homers at times, it was really fun to hear their reaction with each K, especially as Strasburg struck out the final seven batters he faced!  I think on the last K in the 7th, Dibble actually yelped in excitement and could be heard clapping in the background.  I’ll forgive the obscene cheering for this occasion, but there really shouldn’t be cheering in the broadcast booth, in my opinion.

As I was coming home from work yesterday, I felt like a little kid who wakes up early on the weekend anxiously awaiting Saturday-morning cartoons.  And despite the hype, Strasburg was everything I anticipated and more.  I expected him to have a decent debut, but I didn’t expect him to have a line like this: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 14 K, HR, 2.57 ERA.  The numbers that really stand out are not only the 14 strikeouts but also the fact that he didn’t allow a single BB.  That’s amazing.  I’m excited to see him pitch again in his next start.

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