Strasburg: The Morning After

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:

Standard Nicknames

Stevie K
Stevie Strikeout
Big Stras
Super Stras
Nationals Treasure (if this gets Nic Cage involved more with the team I’m all for it)

DC Related
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)
Stras Relief

Olde Tyme Baseball Nicknames

Kid California
The Duke
Three Finger

Funny Nicknames (props to Aaron on these)

Whale’s Kgina (He’s from San Diego, and Anchorman, etc…you know)
Jock Stras
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.

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36 Responses to Strasburg: The Morning After

  1. Mike says:

    he looked really good and i think starting him against the pirates was a good move. It will help him build his confidence. I’m anxious to see how he does against some higher level competition in the NL.

    Hes definately a likeable guy though. Not cocky or arrogant. Hopefully he stays that way.

    • jemaine says:

      I have a friend of a friend who works for the Nats. Says Strasburg is kind of a d-bag.

  2. Raul says:

    It’s amazing what he was able to do with the amount of pressure that was on him. Hmmm, a nickname for him…

    • PhilRaintree says:

      Nice work, Raul. I think Strassout is the best in the comment section thus far.

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  4. I completely agree. This kind of pure dominance is outright fun to watch. With Harper and some of the other young kids they will develop over the next few years, the Nats have a solid future ahead.

  5. bmj2k says:

    Too early. Let’s see what happens after he goes around the league and hitters get second looks at him. At least wait until he pitches against a real major league team- sorry Pirates, you don’t count. Too many players came up with total hype and flamed out- Joba Chamberlain, anyone?

    • True, but Joba has hurt Joba. It isn’t that the skills aren’t there, they are. Joba just doesn’t have his head together.

      Look at Phil Hughes. Last time he was a starter, he was a hot mess. Got his head together in the bullpen and now is lights out and one of the hottest young pitchers in the game.

      It all depends on how well Strasburg keeps his head together.

    • PhilRaintree says:

      Point taken, but the fact that Strasburg stepped up to the plate in the spectacular fashion that he did suggests that he has a good chance of being difference maker in the big leagues.

      Of course he has many more tests before he can be considered an all-star, but on his first exam he passed with flying colors.

  6. zookyshirts says:

    That was an exciting game to watch — and on TV, the replays showed the trajectories of many pitches. I’m far from a pitching expert, but it was great to watch. He lived up to the hype last night, but we’ll have to see how he fares against other teams. I’m sure he’ll have some bad days, but then he’ll have some lights-out games like last night when he’ll rack up the strikeouts. 14 strikeouts? Yeah, I’m impressed. I like Super Stras out of the nicknames you chose, but I’m not completely sold on it. He needs a nickname, I agree with that. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

  7. D.H. says:

    Most SP can only throw upper 90s for a couple years. He’s probably going to dominate for the next 2-4 years and then try to figure out how to be effective at 92 MPH.

    • Perhaps…though, his mechanics are outstanding. With good mechanics and a good conditioning and strength program, I think he can stay at high velocity for longer than that. Reaching those speeds seemed effortless in his motion, which means a lot of power was coming from his legs.

      Look at Nolan Ryan.

      Also, take into account how many starters in the last 15-20 years were damaged by steroids, thus shortining their effectiveness. In the old days, guys like Bob Gibson and Bob Feller threw pure gas long into their careers.

  8. As a Nats fan, I’m totally excited to have Strasburg, but one thing that I thought was also interesting about the game last night was how full the stadium was and how fired up the fans were. It was an unusual sight for Washington. I am happy Strasburg is here, but I’d also be happy if we could attach our spirit to the entire team and not just one player.

  9. Slamdunk says:

    Good post. With all the hype, I expected a stat line of 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 BB, and 4 Ks. To do what he did under that media circus is more than a little impressive.

  10. sportcohort says:

    The Promise

    • PhilRaintree says:

      Another good nickname. I also feel like he could star in a romantic comedy with the same name. Get Kate Hudson on the phone!

  11. I’m casting a vote for Iceburg, but I’ll also suggest “Commander in Chief”

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  12. Aaron says:

    I also thought of this one: Straskout (or Strakout, if you’re into the whole brevity thing, man). I can see local announcers using that one…

    Enjoy a nice cool budwieser … and the pitch, ARod swings and misses! Chalk up another Strakout!

  13. misskimkat says:

    So proud of my fellow SDSU athlete! Nice post!

  14. picantepants says:

    He may not have an official nickname yet, but he already has a burger:

  15. martsb says:

    I watched his debut online (im in New Zealand) and thought he was epic! I have folowed him through the Minors and thought he would do well…but man he was even better than i thought.

    I also think having Pudge behind the plate shouldn’t be underestimated either…

    Nickname idea: how about Capital Punishment?! 🙂

  16. Elevatus says:

    I like the 28th Amendment and Whale’s Kgina, lol!

  17. Kristina says:

    Congrats on your WordPress homepage promo!

    Loving all your suggestions but, you forgot (or maybe not?):
    the Strasinator
    the Strasdude
    Crazy Stras (like a crazy straw)
    the Strasman

    Fun post!

  18. It seems like you had a very Merry Strasmas! Unfortunately, I have yet to watch the highlights, and the game wasn’t on ESPN, but knowing he’s able to single-handedly sell out a Pirates-Nationals game means he’s pretty special. As for the nicknames, “He’ll be great on the Yankees in 5 years” is definitely my pick. Congrats on being featured, as well.

  19. Thomas says:

    Did someone order a Steveburger with extra Straserkraut?

  20. sonsothunder says:

    Okay, a nic-name…it’s coming to me…hold on, wait, yeah..okay How about;

    Okay, that ones already taken…so here’s the alternative:

    Pidginburger (Pronounced Burgerslinger)
    okay, I have a lot more to chose from, just get in line and chose from the menu above the grill.
    Great job reporting here, keep up the great work.

  21. If he ends up flaming out, he could be “Stras in the Pan.”

  22. Mark says:

    The definitive Strasburg nickname: “The Stras-Borg”.
    He’s a cybernetic, athletic organism developed in the pursuit of pitching perfection. Resistance against his 100mph heater is futile

  23. Chris says:

    “The Stras-Borg” is by far the best choice here. I strongly urge you all to follow for the definitive source on strasburg nicknames. These guys do fantastic work.

  24. Thomas says:

    “Str-iceberg”. Everytime he strikes out one of the leagues top hitters, the announcers will shout “Striceberg sinks another Titanic!!”….too soon?

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