Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Night of Young Studs and Future Stars

Anything significant happen in baseball last night?

If you do not Tweet, have no Facebook account, or generally live under a rock, last night's baseball offerings were quite special. Special in the aspect that we may have glimpsed the future and these futures are all viral.

I have never seen a hype machine as, well, "hyped" as the debut of one Stephen Strasburg on the Washington Nationals, and to a lesser extent the Mike Stanton kid (no, not *THAT* Mike Stanton) for the Marlins. (PS think it's funny both Mike Stantons go by their middle name, though I think would have been pretty kick-ass if Little Mike Stanton went by his real name, Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton. Just sayin').

Under a strict pitch count, but didn't really even need it since he was dealing, Strasburg pitched a 7-inning 2 ER start, complete with his piece de resistance of FOURTEEN STRIKEOUTS. Fourteen. If you were following on Twitter, there was a mass Twitter-bation and general ball-washing of this kid, but with good reason. As a baseball fan, whether you like the Nationals or not, this was pretty special. Although I'd like to see him mature more into his role, I know he won't be dominant every time, but pretty close to a sure-thing as we'd expect. Just keep in mind, the last time we saw a rookie phenom hyped up with his break out debut was Kerry Wood, when in just his fifth career start, struck out 20 batters in a game against the Houston Astros.

Where's Wood now? Closing for the Indians, due to an injury-wracked career. Even suffering an injury this year.

Not trying to be a killjoy here, but I think everyone is buying into the hype, and we'll soon see that this kid isn't unflappable. He's human and will make mistakes. That said, I am hoping the Mets don't face him in their series down in DC in July.

Not to be outdone, the other rookie phenom Mike Stanton made his highly anticipated debut with the Marlins last night, going 3-for-5 against the Phillies with two infield singles and scoring two runs.

Of course, these two will be Mets killers in the NL East for years to come.

But what's the hype here really? Our own rookie phenom first baseman Ike Davis had a walk-off home run against the Padres last night, extending the Mets current winning streak to four games.

If you ask me, it doesn't get much better than this. We've glimpsed the future, kids. And these kids are our future.


Solly said...

"I believe the children are our future" - Randy Watson

Anonymous said...

Coop, although it is true everyone is human and he will get hit as time comes, i think he is just what baseball needed.

Actually a lot of pitchers have made baseball better. We have had so many bad stories in the news and in our lives. The unemployment rate, the economy, this is just a feel good story that we all need, especially Nats fans.

I agree once the Major Leaguers figure him out it will become more even. If not we may see the first 500 game winner LOL!!!