(AP Photo. After his 37-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, Stephen Strasburg signs autographs for a bunch of kids. grown men who should be ashamed of themselves for trampling a bunch of kids to get his autograph.)
"'Cause what's the first thing you say when you see him pitch? Jeee-sus!"
(Nyjer Morgan, via Nationals Journal, 2/21/2010)
"Being the No. 1 pick in the draft doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be successful at the major-league level. All these guys here have been successful and are successful. So you really just want to learn from them as much as you can. It's just like college. I'm an incoming freshman again, and I've got to learn from the veterans."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Nats Insider, 2/21/2010)
No pressure, kid.
Stephen Strasburg survives first official bullpen and autograph sessions of spring, injury-free.
Just don't expect to see The Savior starting the season in the big leagues:
"I really wouldn't want to say he's competing for a spot in the rotation. Everybody's performances will determine where they end up. He could pitch real well down here, but we may feel like the development process should be respected going through the system. ... We don't say that if he goes out and throws good he's in the rotation, but we're not eliminating it, either. We're open-minded. But I think ... we appreciate the process players go through to the get here and he may have to go through it."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nationals.com, 2/21/2010)
"They have a plan for me. I trust that they're going to handle me the right way. You've just got to worry about what you can control, and that's going out there and helping your team win the ballgame."
(Stephen Strasburg, via MASNSports.com, 2/21/2010)
So, the Nationals have a plan for Strasburg. Why don't we feel encouraged about that?