The Filibuster

Stephen Strasburg is pitching again!  He might even be back in the Majors by the end of the season!  How excited are you for Stras-mas part 2?

Jeremy
Burr Oak, MI
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Just see those fastballs zipping,
slide-step sinking too…
Come on, it’s lovely weather
for a Stras-mas endeavor with you!

Admittedly, there’s nothing quite like the joys of Stras-mas.  Last year, his comeuppance was the stuff of dreams, turning an otherwise midseason blah-blah Pirates v. Nationals contest into one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen.  In the Year of the Pitcher he became — after just one game — the Pitcher of the Year (in my book at least).

Stras-mas is special.  Stras-mas is magical.  Stras-mas is everything a baseball nerd like me dreams of.

Which is why it would be a SHAME and a TRAVESTY if the Nationals bring him back to pitch this season.

DON’T DO IT, RIZZO!  DON’T DO IT OR I’LL GUT YOU LIKE A FISH.

A bit harsh?  Yes.  I admit.  But remember, this kid is the future of a bruised and battered franchise.  And selling a few more tickets at the end of a going-nowhere season just to make a quick buck is not worth throwing away the future, throwing away Stras-mas.  Possibly forever.

Let the dude rehab, but don’t put him in any game action.  I know 11 months is the typical timeframe in which getting back to facing Big League hitters is deemed acceptable for those who’ve had the Tommy John surgery.  But this isn’t a typical situation.  This is Jesus with a 37 on his back.

Please, I implore the Washington Nationals front office: WAKE UP and STOP BEING STUPID.  You have a goldmine for YEARS in that newly improved Strasburgian right elbow.  He threw 96 mph from the slide step before, he may throw 101 underhanded now.

Do the right thing.  Make 2012 the Year of the Neverending Stras-mas.

Hate me.  I don’t care.  Just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

5 Comments

They pitched him in the minors yesterday. 4 K’s in 1 2/3 innings. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be another Prior.

There’s absolutely no reason to bring him back this year. I know Washington is one of the worst managed franchises in the game today, but I don’t think they’re dumb enough to rush him back to make three or four starts this year. But they also thought Jayson Werth was worth a large fortune, so who knows.

http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

WR — I hope so too. I hear Prior is STILL tryin’ to get back.
Blue Jays Nest — I’m still scratchin’ my head over them thinking Werth was worth that much on his own. He succeeded because he had Utley and Howard in front of him.
–Jeff

Can you blame the Nationals for wanting to open all of their Strasmas presents early? Still, this is where adults are supposed to step in and tell them to behave themselves and go back to sleep or Strasberg won’t see his shadow and there won’t be fireworks or chocolate eggs for anyone. And then what fun will that be?
I’m with you. Let the kid heal this season.
— Kristen

Kristen — Haha. I almost forgot about checking for his shadow. That’s the most important part!
–Jeff

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