(Video above of Strasburg in action Wednesday night in Rochester.)
...like, the way he chews his gum. And his socks appear to be pulled up just a little too high. And...there's something else, but only Mike Rizzo knows.
Ho-hum. Another dominating performance by Baseball Jesus, ups his pitch count to 90+:
"I was kinda maybe a little out of whack. But I kind of settled down and it started to click, and when it started to click it's like, let 'er eat."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Washington Post, 5/20/2010)
A little out of whack, huh? See, forget Super 2, there's good reason for him to still be pitching in AAA. How about this description of one of Jesus's curveballs, from SI.com's Joe Posnanski:
There's nothing else he can do while pitching for the Syracuse Chiefs. On Wednesday, he struck out former major leaguer Jacque Jones on a curveball that was so sick it needed to be hospitalized for three days after the game. But, yes, it was former major leaguer Jacque Jones.
(Joe Posnanski, via SI.com, 5/20/2010)
Sadly, Hideki Irabu's regular season attendance record in Rochester stands to live another day, should remain until Bryce Harper rolls through town in 2012 on his way to DC. A standing room-only crowd on hand, but only the 11th largest crowd in the history of Rochester's Frontier Field: 12,590.
Here's a link to some video footage of the Strasburg Effect in Rochester, via Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Our favorite part is around the 1:10 mark, where a kid says before the game: "I'm ready to pull out an overrated chant if we need to."
Finally, good for Baseball Jesus for *not* tipping his cap to the opposing crowd as they gave him a standing ovation as he made his exit from the mound in the 7th. He's saving that gesture for June 4th at Nationals Park.