Oh, the humanity! Here's video (via DCGraphs) of Stephen Strasburg making his way out of Pfitzner Stadium Friday night with a police escort, and taking some heat from the crowd of fans and autograph hounds after failing to sign an autograph for each and every man, woman, and child waiting around for his autograph.
There's lots of noise aimed in the direction of Strasburg in the video as he makes his way to his car, but these voices stand out in particular:
"We've been waiting four hours!"
Hmm...pretty sure that conjuring up Strasburg's old nickname from back in the day when he was fat is probably not the best strategy if you're hoping to convince Stras to sign more autographs.
Apparently, it was a mob scene outside the P-Nats' clubhouse; that's exactly how The Washington Times' Nathan Fenno described it on Twitter, an hour or so after Strasburg left the mound in the third inning:
Mob scene outside Potomac's clubhouse. Four police officers block the door. Either Strasburg or The Beatles are inside.
(via @nathanfenno, 8/12/2011)
And just for the record, Stras did sign for the kids:
Around 10:35 p.m., Strasburg...emerged from the clubhouse in front of 400-500 fans who awaited his autograph. He signed only for the children and made several kids’ dreams come true.
(via insideNoVA.com, 8/12/2011)
So Strasburg apparently threw a side session on Sunday, and the location of his next start on Wednesday is TBD: Hagerstown and Syracuse are at home. Here's Strasburg's description of pitching in Woodbridge:
"It was nice not having to drive as far as I did to Hagerstown."
Stephen Strasburg, via insideNoVA.com, 8/13/2011)
Someone might want to tell Stras it's a much longer drive to Syracuse from here.