(Photo by Getty Images. Maybe Stephen Strasburg will finally walk on water in AFL debut Friday?)
"I think he is the most anticipated player to come to the fall league in some time, maybe back to the days of Michael Jordan. There's a lot of interest in baseball circles in seeing how he performs here."
(Steve Cobb, AFL executive director, via AZ Republic, 10/15/2009)
"I'm looking forward to being able to pitch in a game with a little bit on the line. It's been a pretty long time since I've been able to do that."
(Stephen Strasburg, via USA Today dot com, 10/15/2009)
Move over, MJ? Stephen Strasburg makes his Arizona Fall League Debut Friday.
According to USA Today's Seth Livingstone, Strasburg expects to throw four innings, but it all depends on his pitch count. Wonder what his pitch count will be? More from Livingstone's USA Today piece:
"Washington has completely scheduled and mapped out his six weeks here," Phoenix manager Gary Cathcart said. "We're trying to let him get into a routine as a pitcher and hopefully not have many distractions. We want to do everything we can to keep the circus away from him, let him do his thing and be a teammate."
Please, just don't blow out your arm, Mr. Strasburg. Thank you.