(Video above: Stephen Strasburg made his home debut for Harrisburg on Friday, April 16 after delays caused by rain and a power outage.)
Baseball Jesus starts on the road for Harrisburg against Reading tonight. Meanwhile, his future teammates are looking forward to his arrival in Washington:
"I feel like we're going to be right there where we need to be when it's time to be there. Strasburg, Storen, those guys, if we're playing well and we got a chance to be there, those guys are coming."
(Willie Harris, via Washington POst, 4/26/2010)
But will Strasburg's Harrisburg teammates miss him when he's gone? According to a story on PennLive.com at least some of them raised a stink after the home debut in Harrisburg by Baseball Jesus was delayed by rain and a power failure for 2.5+ hours, and finally called after another hour-long rain delay in the third inning:
Players, particularly pitchers (but not Strasburg), huffed and puffed during the two delays — 2:36 before the game and 1:05 during the third inning. The frustration was understandable...(via PennLive, 4/24/2010)
Then again, can you really blame the Senators (brass, not players, we mean) for doing everything in their power to get that game in last Friday? Mess with Strasburg's schedule, and you potentially lose out on another home start for The 'Burg in The 'Burg, and you're talking money, folks. Lots and lots of money.
While we're speaking of Baseball Jesus, be sure to read Dave Sheinin's piece on Strasburg from Sunday's Washington Post -- a fascinating look at just some of the stuff Strasburg is dealing with in his newfound "rockstar life". And if you don't feel like reading, here's video evidence of Strasburg-mania from the Post.
Just stay healthy, Jesus.