It was quite a night for Stephen Strasburg. With 50 friends and family in the crowd, he took the mound in his hometown of San Diego for the first time as a pro. He came away with the win, and that win brought another milestone for the young pitcher. Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career.
“It’s easy pitching in front of a lot of loved ones,” Strasburg said, via Adam Kilgore. “They just want to go out and support you either way.”
Most of the postgame chatter from his teammates was about Strasburg’s newfound confidence, but it was this anecdote from Kurt Suzuki that stands out.
“I was going to go out there,” Suzuki said, after an error in the fifth inning by Ryan Zimmerman threatened to derail Strasburg. “I was thinking about going out there and talking to [Strasburg]. Once he got the ball back, he looked at Zim and said, ‘I got you.’ Once he did that, I turned around and went back to home plate. Because I knew he was going to do it.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) May 16, 2013
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) May 16, 2013
Which of course leads to…
OBLIGATORY PEANUT BUTTER JELLY VIDEO OF THE DAY
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Stephen Strasburg, on his pitching:
“I’m trying to go out there and let your teammates feed off of your confidence, and when one thing doesn’t go the way you thought it would, to not let it affect the next pitch. I think that’s when I’m most successful, when I kind of block out all the stuff, and I just focus on throwing each pitch and focusing on the next one.”
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Here is a trailer for Kirk Cousins’s book, with some working out and pictures of RGIII thrown in.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Nats at Padres, 10 p.m. on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings here.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION OF THE DAY
Drew Magary is a dear friend of mine, and he’s written a book called “Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood.” I’ve read it and it’s awesome. You can buy it here. Here’s the trailer, because of course books have trailers now.