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Networks join the swoon over Nationals' Stephen Strasburg

The Nationals ace delivers the 'Top Ten List' on The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

David Letterman anointed him worthy of Top 10 list reading on Thursday; TBS has thrown over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox to clear its dance card for him on Sunday -- TV is going gaga over Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

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In case you've just come out from under a rock, TV's newest It Guy is the rookie sensation the Nats ponied up a whopping $15.1 million to secure.

Strasburg made his much-ballyhooed Major League Baseball debut Tuesday and -- in a performance that had TV suits madly scrambling to see if there was a way they could get a piece of this action -- he struck out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates in seven innings, setting a Nationals record. Thursday afternoon, Strasburg taped, via satellite, Letterman's list for his CBS late-night show: "Top 10 Little Known Facts About Stephen Strasburg."

"Baseball's new original phenom -- we haven't had one of these guys in a long, long time!" Letterman enthused.

"Hi Dave!" Strasburg grinned ear-to-ear from Nationals Park.

"How ya doin'?" Letterman responded, adding: "Congratulations and we hope you have a lovely, nice long career."

The list items:

No. 10: "To keep my focus on pitching, I sleep on a mound of dirt."

No. 9: "Every morning, I spread Icy Hot on my toast."

No. 8: "I got three of my 14 strikeouts while Twittering."

No. 7: "To celebrate my first big league win, I bought a hot tub time machine."

No. 6: "I wasn't really good till I got bitten by that radioactive spider."

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