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April 23, 2010

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In all seriousness, this is why the Enquirer is one of my favorite Nationals websites:

"Consider this, for a moment: have you ever met a 17 year old kid who isn't an arrogant prick? Now, Mike Rizzo -- who seems to place a premium on things like "aura" and "makeup" in players, all in the name of chemistry -- wouldn't actually pass on Bryce Harper because the kid is an a-hole teenager, right? Right?!? He's 17!"

Maybe I missed something... Was any explanation given as to why they pulled Strasburg so early in his second start (Apr. 16)?

@Swampy: rain + power problems at the Stadium delayed the start by a few hours. Then the rain started up again 2+ innings in: game was called off at that point. Our sources say Strasburg didn't feel like pitching: he caused the inclement weather.

To be clear, Strasburg did pitch to start the game after a two-and-a-half our rain delay, but after 2.1 innings, the rain started pouring again and the umps called another rain delay. The delay lasted an hour or so, so both starters had to be pulled from the game because they woulda been too cold and risking injury if they pitched.

For what it's worth, everyone stayed through the first rain delay to see Strasburg pitch, but only a few hundred remained for the rest of the game. It was a lot of fun, even if driving home to DC in the wee hours of the morning was not so pleasent.

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