(Stephen Strasburg. Photo by Getty Images.)
"I was told [before Strasburg arrived] that he's got a little edge to him. He doesn't like hitters taking liberties in there. I think he's been very respectful to the opposition and respectful to umpires, but at certain times he's had that look on his face like, 'I'm not happy with what's happening here, and someone's going to pay.' Not in terms of throwing at guys, but in terms of, 'I'm going to dial it up here.'"
(Jim Riggleman, via Washington Post, 7/26/2010)
Once again, all I want for Strasmas is a win. Because it's Strasmas again, and once again the Nationals turn to Stephen Strasburg to stop a losing streak. Seems like the same old story every five days nowadays.
Here's Bobby Cox on Strasburg, via MLB.com:
"He's as advertised. He's dynamite. He's something really good for the game of baseball, something that special. He's got maybe the best changeup for a first-year player that I've ever seen. Everybody talks about his fastball, but his changeup goes straight down at 90 or 91 mph. It looks like some of the guys' best heaters going straight down."
(Bobby Cox, via MLB.com, 7/27/2010)
Plenty of intriguing storylines for this one. Including: Strasburg. Strasburg vs. Heyward I. Strasburg vs. Hanson. Then maybe the biggest non-Strasburg storyline: does Jim Riggleman bench Adam Dunn for his little visit with Bob Uecker in the Brewers radio booth on Saturday?