Ten years ago today, Stephen Strasburg made his Major League debut at Nationals Park. Today’s Nats Report is going to be all about Stephen Strasburg. In his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Strasburg struck out 14 and did not allow a walk which was the first time in baseball history that a player opened his career with those stats.
We, as Nats fans, have had the opportunity to watch Stephen Strasburg develop into the 2019 World Series MVP that we always knew that he would be.
Ten Years Ago, History Was Forever Changed When Stephen Strasburg Made His Debut! A Kory Casto Strikeout On 9/19/2008 Might Have Made It All Possible!
Exactly a decade ago, were you one of the lucky 40,315 fans in a sold-out Nationals Park to witness the “debut”? What Nats fan could forget June 8, 2010 when Stephen Strasburg made his MLB debut for the Washington Nationals? It was electric at near 1.21 gigawatts. Fans stood and cheered for a team that never had a winning season because Strasburg represented winning in the future.
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Stephen Strasburg’s MLB Debut, A Personal History
It was an audacious, convoluted plan from the beginning.
Back in 2010, as the U.S. was a couple of years into an economic recession and the New York Yankees were defending their most recent World Series title, a young pitcher in the Washington Nationals farm system was tearing through the minor leagues. It was late May, and anticipation was building as to when Stephen Strasburg would be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to make his long-awaited big league debut.
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10 Years Later, Strasburg’s Debut Still Leaves Us In Awe
If you were at Nationals Park on a beautiful Tuesday evening 10 years ago today, you can say you did see something unique. Because baseball had never seen anything like Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut before – and it hasn’t seen anything like it since.
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‘We’ve Got No Chance’: Pirates Remember Stephen Strasburg’s Debut, 10 Years Later
The former No. 1 pick made his MLB debut 10 years ago Monday. Relive the 14-strikeout masterpiece through the eyes of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Ten Years Later, Stephen Strasburg’s Debut Is Still Legendary
If you go back through the history of sports, it’s all too common to find an athlete drenched in hype before they even make their professional debut, only to never actually live up to those expectations. Fair or not, fans, organizations, the media, all put tons of pressure on kids and young adults, that can be nearly impossible to match.
Then there are other rare moments, when an athlete not only lives up to that hype, but instead fans the flames to uncontrollable levels right from the start. Go around the sports world, and you’ll find names like LeBron James, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Tiger Woods, Bryce Harper, and even Stephen Strasburg. All of these names were known when they were teenagers, and all came in with astronomical expectations they lived up to very early on.
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SNIDER: Nats Made Right Move In Strasburg Over Harper
The Nationals made the right choice when paying Stephen Strasburg a king’s ransom to stay while letting Bryce Harper depart. On the 10th anniversary of his 14-strikeout debut, Strasburg has proven the more valuable of the consecutive first-round selections.
They were supposed to be the cornerstones of the franchise after consecutive 100-plus loss seasons in 2008-09 netted the first overall selections in consecutive drafts. Strasburg came first in 2009 and reached the majors the next season. Harper followed in 2010 and joined Strasburg with the Nationals in 2012.
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An Oral History Of Stephen Strasburg’s Unforgettable MLB Debut
On June 8, 2010, Stephen Strasburg made what might have been the most highly anticipated debut in Major League Baseball history. In the decade since, Strasburg has undergone Tommy John surgery, been withheld from the playoffs by his own team, developed into a three-time all-star, signed two new contracts to remain a Washington National for life and earned MVP honors when the Nats won the World Series in October.
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How Stephen Strasburg Changed His Narrative In One Postseason Run
When Stephen Strasburg entered the 2019 season, he had a reputation of fragility and, as a result, unavailability when it came to the playoffs.
The former No. 1 overall pick had missed two of the four playoff series the Nationals had appeared in since drafting him as one of the most hyped pitching prospects in a generation. While he had certainly shown more than a few flashes of the potential Washington saw in him, there were few instances when he was able to put it all together and stay on the field in time for the postseason.