On Sunday, Stephen Strasburg arrived for Spring Training with the Nationals, apparently relaxed and happy to be "just another donkey", with a smile on his face and a clear mind:
"My mind is a lot clearer. I just go out there and throw the baseball. I don't think as much about mechanics or anything. I don't feel myself holding back a little bit. ... I think it was more on the mental side. Not necessarily bracing for it, but just that little thing in the back of your head when you are throwing a pitch. It's like, is everything right? Now, there are no second thoughts at all in my head. It feels more natural now than it did coming right off surgery."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Nationals.com, 2/19/2012)
What a difference a year makes.
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