9 Years Ago Today: Strasburg strikes out 14 in MLB debut

Ben Krimmel
June 08, 2019 - 2:19 pm
Stephen Strasburg made his MLB debut on this day nine years ago.

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One day after drafting a high school phenom out of Las Vegas, the Washington Nationals No. 1 overall pick from 364 days prior made his MLB debut at Nats Park.

Stephen Strasburg, who represented the beginning of the next era of baseball in Washington, started his first big league game on this day nine years ago. On June 8, 2010, the Nationals had one of their first big time, prime time moments.  Baseball Tonight came to Washington to broadcast and MLB Network carried the game live with Bob Costas in the booth. Darren Rovell (who was still working at CNBC at the time) said the game would be worth about $1.5 million to the franchise, per Dan Steinberg

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And Strasburg did not disappoint the 40,315 in attendance that night.  

A pair of two-run home runs from Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn gave the debutant plenty of run support as Strasburg allowed just four hits and two runs over seven innings while striking out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates. Needing just 94 pitches to make his presence known. 

"I just wanted to go out and soak up everything,'' Strasburg said after the win. "It only happens once and I've been waiting for this my whole life. It's definitely icing on the cake to go out there and pitch well, and get a win."

"I've caught a lot of guys, but this kid is unbelievable," veteran catcher Ivan Rodriquez said after the game.

The crowd that night was electric and set the table for Washington again being a true baseball town.

How time flies: This week Strasburg became the first pitcher in franchise history to get his 100th win. 

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