(AP Photo. The Savior says: No autographs, please!)
"It's been a little crazy the first few days - a lot of fans, a lot of autographs. But it's great just to be able to bring some excitement to the Fall League. It just goes with the territory. If it means I have to do a lot of stuff on the side to promote a program or an organization, that's great, as long as I get to help the team win some ballgames some day."
(Stephen Strasburg, via USA Today dot com, 10/15/2009)
"I'm not going to put any expectations on myself. I just want to come out here every day and learn as much as I can."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Washington Post, 10/16/2009)
You ain't seen nothing yet, kid.
Ah yes; with Stephen Strasburg's first Arizona Fall League start today, the Stephen Strasburg Miracle Watch is on. But will he walk on water, or throw 110 MPH today? Decisions, decisions.
According to anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation, Strasburg began the long road to being comfortable with the spotlight by signing an autograph following his meet-and-greet with the media in Arizona yesterday. Sources may or may not have confirmed the autograph was signed on a baseball; with a Sharpie.
Sources also report that Strasburg drank a cup of coffee yesterday morning, and ate four pancakes with a glass of orange juice for breakfast.
Hopefully, the Nationals provide a solid support system for the guy we're not supposed to refer to as the Savior of the organization. Maybe the Nats can rehire James Williams, Elijah Dukes' former babysitter? Of course, you'll remember S.S.'s reaction to all the media attention following his first workout in Viera FLA back at the end of August:
"Once I get into playing games and stuff, it should be able to die down. Hopefully it will die down sometime soon. I'm just a baseball player. It's not like I'm the president or anything."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Washington Post, 8/31/2009)
Oh, you couldn't be more wrong, Mr. President.
And just how did The President of NatsTown spend his summer?
"I did some deep-sea fishing, played some golf, spent some time with my family. I knew this was going to be my last summer off, hopefully for a long, long time."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Nationals dot com, 10/15/2009)
Yes, agreed. Hopefully his last summer off for a long, long time. Best of luck, young man. And to reiterate: Please, don't blow out your arm today, Mr. Strasburg.