The Storen Identity – 10/16

Drew Storen might not be Jason Bourne but he is special. He can’t fend off 30 people at once, dodge bullets or drive a car like Jeff Gordon during a high speed chase while weaving in and out of oncoming traffic. Well, he might be able to do all that… he doesn’t know. He hasn’t tried. He won’t need to if he continues to sit batters down the same way Bourne puts bad guys on their back. They are one in the same, two people extremely good at what they do. Storen saves games and Bourne saves humanity.


The 22 year-old is now playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and will be writing for Notes for NatsTown. Be sure to follow the tenth overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as he writes for Notes from NatsTown and gives you an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the AFL and his climb to the Major Leagues. Here is his first post…


Friday, October 16th

First off, thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog, hopefully you can get a good idea on what is going on down here in the Arizona Fall League and my experiences in it.  If you would like to know anything specific or have any suggestions for the blog please feel free to post a comment in the comment section or “tweet” me. My twitter is at


061009-236 drew storen.JPGJust a little background on me, I am down here playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, along with other members of the Nationals organization (Stephen Strasburg, Chris Marrero, Sean Rooney, Danny Espinosa, Jeff Mandel and Josh Wilkie). And in case you are wondering, since we do have “dogs” in our team name, they do feel obligated to play “Who Let the Dogs Out” before the first inning. I was hoping that song would be retired/banned by now, but clearly that is not the case. I spent the week and a half prior down in Viera, Fla. at the Nationals Spring Training complex for instructional league. It was a good prep for coming down here. The heat and humidity down in Florida makes the dry heat of Phoenix much more bearable. Nonetheless, the heat down here is still intense, therefore SmartWater has become a big investment for me in my short occupancy.


We have guys on our team from the Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays, A’s and two guys from Japanese professional baseball. I have learned a lot from the Japanese players already in the first week of being around them. The first thing is that the jerseys, gloves, cleats and even the belts they wear have a lot of flare and is definitely something I am a huge fan of. The gloves they have are not ones you can get in the US. The gloves are bright colors (which I am a huge fan of as well) and they have their own personal logo stitched on them (i.e. the “TW” logo for Tiger Woods).  They rock the patent leather belts and socks with individual toe slots (something I have on my list to go out and get).  It’s pretty cool to see how they go about their business and to learn new pitches from them, even if they are just ones you throw for fun when playing catch. 


So far we are 2-1 on the year, winning last night against the Scottsdale Scorpions.  We had a great offensive night in a stadium which the only way to hit it out to center field is with a 3 wood (430 feet with about a 30 foot batters eye). Tonight we play the Scorpions at home with Strasburg on the mound. It is going to be fun to see how many people come out to see him.  If you are in the area, you should definitely head out because it is a lot of fun to watch him throw.


Before I head out, I will run you through what a daily schedule is for us down here. On a day like today, we have a 6:35 p.m. contest so pitchers will be on the field around 3 p.m. or so to stretch and throw. We do that and then some running/abs and then shag BP. We get done with all of that at about 5 p.m. and go in to change and get some pregame spread.  After some pregame spread usually mixed with Cash Cab or any ESPN programming, we head out for the game.  


It’s time for me to run out to the ballpark, but I just wanted to kick start this blog. Like I said–feel free to give me feedback as to what you would like to hear about.  I will try to get something up pretty frequently. Thanks for reading!



Great start to an AFL blog, Drew. It’s apparent you didn’t waste that Stanford experience.

A couple of years ago, Justin Maxwell blogged from the AFL, and one of his notable reports was regarding a large swarm of bees that disrupted the on field proceedings. Not that you ought to be concerned about any of that. Just saying.

Your blog’s been noted in the WNFF, the Nats Fan Forum, so you’re going to get a steady readership even if you don’t rack up a bunch of comments here. So keep these reports coming!

Great first posting, Drew. You’ve made it clear that don’t like “Who Let the Dogs Out”. Have you narrowed down your personal theme music choices for Nats Park yet? Nobody’s gone classical yet…..

Great stuff Drew. Most of us rabid Nats fans are able to find pretty much every bit of information from any news source you can name. But the inside bits and pieces like this are so much more fun to read. I love your tone. You’re not too guarded or full of cliches. And you might think the small details (like Cash Cab) aren’t worthwhile, but they’re fun too, so keep it up. I look forward to hearing your stories!

Thanks for the blog. A link was posted on the Washington Post’s Nationals Journal, so you’ll pick up readership from there as well. I agree that Who Let the Dogs Out should be put down, as it were.

Dodger fan here, but I’m a huge Strasburg fan too, having watched him going back to his youth league days, and he has only gotten tougher during his Aztec years. Can’t wait to see him pitch professionally. I’ll be making an AFL visit or two after my Dodgers are through playing, or after the World Series is over. (And I hope those two coincide.) 🙂

Great post.

My husband suggested “Bad to the Bone” as alternative music for the D-Dogs. Would be good entrance music for a reliever as well.😉

Dude… If you disliked “Who let the dogs out” prepare yourself for the mind-boggling experience of “Sweet Caroline” being played at Nats Park.


And what’s with those long pants!? You look like a soup sandwich out there, man!

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