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That was an impressive start

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg had a nice little debut. Did I say "nice, little?'' I meant, "absolutely incredible.'' Seven innings, two runs, 14 strikeouts, no walks and a victory for the 2009 first-overall draft pick who made his big-league debut Tuesday night against the Pirates. Yeah, okay, it was the Pirates, which won't remind anyone of the '27 Yankees. Still, it's a major-league team. The 21-year-old Strasburg hit 100 mph with his fastball and looked like one of those dominant Little League pitchers who seems two years older and a foot taller than everyone else. MLB Network's Bob Costas almost was too much in the first couple of innings, creating too much of a buzz with too much hyperbole and too many historical references. He tried to have it both ways: he warned against making too much of this one game, but couldn't help but get caught up in the moment and, well, ended up making a really big deal out of this one game. And now begins "Strasburg Mania.'' There are few cooler things in baseball than to watch a kid pitcher grab hold of the country's attention. Think of Mark "The Bird'' Fidrych in 1976. Or Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 or Doc Gooden in 1984. And now we have Strasburg in 2010. His next scheduled start is in Cleveland on Sunday. Click here to read today's Washington Post column by the great Tom Boswell.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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