No, I’m not relaying the story of some floozy who had a wild ladies night at Nationals Park. I’m talking about the biggest sporting event in Washington, DC proper since November 3, 2001, when Michael Jordan played his first home game for the Wizards. Last night, one Stephen James Strasburg started his first major league baseball game and it was epic.
I was lucky enough to get seats along the right field line, and let me tell you something ESPN has already said 874 times by now — Strasburg looks legit. I’m not a baseball scout and haven’t followed baseball that closely since the Orioles went wire to wire in 1997, but from what I could see in section 231, Strasburg has zip on the ball, a nasty curve, and a cool demeanor.
There was a buzz in the Stadium. The buzz turned into louder buzzing as the game went on. By the 6th inning the buzzing noises turned into audible “Steph-en Stras-burg” chants. The hype was well deserved.
Just compare Strasburg’s first start (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 14 K, 0 BB) to other hyped up pitchers in their first starts: Todd Van Poppel (4.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 6K, 2BB); Tim Lincecum (4.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 5 BB); and Brian Matusz (5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB). I know, good, right?
So what else could DC sports fans ask for from Strasburg? Only one thing in my opinion —a nickname.
So what are some nickname possibilities? Here’s what I’ve got so far:
Nationals Treasure (if this gets Nic Cage involved more with the team I’m all for it)
The Red Line (saw this on DC Sports Bog, good for locals, but I don’t think it works for a national audience)
Chief of Staff
The 28th Amendment
The Quorum (because he’s all you need, also note this will help kids in their Civics classes)
‘If he was a reliever’ Nicknames
Iceburg (If he was a closer)
Olde Tyme Baseball Nicknames
Whale’s Kgina (He’s from San Diego, and Anchorman, etc…you know)
He’ll be great on the Yankees in 5 years
Mom, Aaron, the 4 guys left in the Todd Van Poppel fan club, and anyone else who stumbles upon this post should throw in their own suggestions in the comment section.
I’ll be back after Stephen Strasburg’s next start with the nickname winner.