Washington finally signed a rookie who lived up to all the hype and didn't disappoint, preferring to let his performance speak for itself as rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the Nationals and wowed the hometown crowd.
Working off the rubber without benefit of teleprompters, the phenom whiffed 14 batters in his 7 inning stint, including the last seven he faced. Strassburg fanned every batter in the lineup at least once as his teammates rode his arm to a rare 5-2 victory.
With his performance, which included NO walks, Strasburg became the first pitcher to debut with over 10 strikeouts and no free passes.
The much celebrated 22 year old pitcher is a native from San Diego who pitched for San Diego State where in 2008 he struck out 23 in one game. In 2009 he had his first no hitter, against Air Force, had a 13-1 record with an ERA of 1.32 and allowed 16 runs, 19 walks while striking out 195!
In the Olympics he one hit the Netherlands, but later lost a pitching duel to Cuba.
Strasburg was signed by the Washington Nationals for $15.1M and they are currently last in the National League East with a 28-31 record giving their fans nothing much to cheer about.
After stints in AA and AAA this year where he dazzled, the Nationals brought him up last night to a packed house and nationwide TV coverage while 25 family members also showed up to watch his performance.
Unlike other one shot wonders in the City of Disappointments, Strasburg didn't!
Showing no sign of nervousness the right hander threw nothing but strikes with his fast ball clocked between 98-101 mph, his curve ball falling off the table, and his slider and changeup causing the Pittsburgh Pirates severe back spasms.
ESPN asked his pitching coach to describe Strassburg's performance and he responded in one word: "RIDICULOUS!"
Prior to his appearance many former major league stars including some Hall of Famers said ""He's the real deal. He's going to be around a long time
and set records and standards that are going to be hard to beat!"
As one long suffering fan said celebrating after the game,
"Finally, a right handed kid who lives up to the hype bringing change we can really believe in! I've had it with all those Lefties that can't hit their own weight!"