(Stephen Strasburg, in his 1924 Senators throwback lid, channels Big Train in the dugout during Saturday night's disaster in Cleveland.)
"His stuff is the real deal, but let's not make this Elvis coming back from the dead."
(Sandy Alomar, via AP/CSNWashington.com, 6/12/2010)
"Good guy to have out there."
(Ryan Zimmerman, via NatsInsider, 6/12/2010)
"Anything he throws, if he throws it the way he can, you can't hit it."
(Steve McCatty, via Nationals Journal, 6/12/2010)
What does Stephen Strasburg have in store today as an encore to his dazzling 14-K, 0-walk debut?
MASN's Byron Kerr, MLB.com's Bill Ladson, among others, say the Indians are expecting ~30K fans, ~50 media members for Baseball Jesus's second major league miracle. Second biggest crowd in Cleveland since Opening Day.
You can't stop the hype; you can only hope to contain it:
''You can't stop [the hype]. What we're trying to do is make sure that when the game starts, we focus on the task at hand — which will be forgetting about what's going on around them and just make sure we're having quality at-bats because he's going to be there.''
(Manny Acta, via Akron Beacon Journal, 6/12/2010)
Look, we fully accept that Strasburg is going to hit some bumps in the road -- but please don't let it happen against Manny Acta's team today after two straight losses.
A couple of additional pictures from the first day of Strasmas follow (courtesy of @ ckstevenson. Strasburg making his way from the bullpen to the dugout before the game; and Strasburg delivering the first (?) pitch of his career: