The Stephen Strasburg (shown left after a night with Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney) hype machine finally rolled into Washington DC last night, where the record for largest collection of bandwagon fans (40,315 to be exact), set in 2008 by the Boston Celtics, was finally broken. DC fans were in awe as Strasburg struck out all but one of the Pirates he faced, finishing with 14 Ks through 7 innings of work. He only surrendered 4 hits, one of which was a 2 run home run from Delwyn Young. Stevie would also get the win, getting run support through home runs by Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, and Josh Willingham. Strasburg definitely proved that he has the potential to have a long career in baseball.
a great an amazing game, but I’m not going to cream my jeans just yet. It was only one start, at home, in front of a capacity crowd; of course he’s going to be bringing his best stuff in a situation like that. Obviously, he’s talented. Guys don’t hit triple digits on radar guns as consistently as he does very often, but he needs to handle some adversity (which I’m sure he’ll see playing in Washington) before he gets the blue carpet treatment into Cooperstown. Highlights of last night after the jump.