(Stephen Strasburg is so good, he could probably take on the Globetrotters in a 5-against-1 full court game and shut them out. AP Photo.)
"That kid dominated the Pirates like they were the Washington Generals."
(Flight Time Lang, via Harlem Globetrotters Press Release, 6/9/2010)
And the Stephen Strasburg Bandwagon rolls on...
Baseball Jesus will do the "Top Ten Little Known Facts about Stephen Strasburg" tonight on the David Letterman show. Could he be suiting up with the Harlem Globetrotters before his next start on Sunday in Cleveland? Well, no, but...the Globetotters are the latest and greatest to jump aboard the Stephen Strasburg Bandwagon (Dave McKenna from Washington City Paper blogged about it this morning). The Globetrotters issued a press release yesterday honoring Strasburg with a "Trotter Tribute" for his "Dominant Major League Debut". Here are a few highlights from the press release:
Washington Nationals rookie pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg has been honored with a “Trotter Tribute” from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in recognition of his “Globetrotter-esque” dominance in winning his major league pitching debut Tuesday night.
Mirroring Globetrotter-type shenanigans, during a postgame interview, Strasburg took three shaving cream pies to the face from teammates and was crowned with an oversized wig named after Elvis Presley, a Nationals ritual for whoever teammates tab as the player of the game.
“That kid dominated the Pirates like they were the Washington Generals,” said Globetrotters star Flight Time Lang. The Globetrotters have not lost to the Generals since 1971.
The “Trotter Tribute” honors professional and college athletes from all sports throughout the world whose play calls to mind the dazzling showmanship of “the world’s most famous team.”
The honor is designed to recognize amazing and entertaining moments during the course of competition. Members of the media often refer to unbelievable plays as “Globetrotter-esque,” signifying fantastic athletic feats, as well as the unique trademark the team has emblazoned in incorporating entertainment into sports.
It seems perfectly fitting that the Globetrotters would honor Baseball Jesus, since the Washington Nationals were pretty much baseball's version of the Washington Generals the last few years. Strasburg Globetrotters jersey, anyone? What a difference a phenom makes.
(H/T to @ KevinReiss for Tweeting/pointing out Dave McKenna's Strasburg/Globetrotters post on Washington City Paper dot com this morning.)