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Strasburg to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman

Stephen Strasburg from behind.jpgStephen Strasburg can check one more thing off his Stasmas list. He will read the “Top 10 List” on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman this evening. You can tune in to their local CBS affiliate at 11:35 p.m. to watch Strasburg deliver tonight’s list.


In case you forgot about Tuesday night already, Strasburg turned in a dazzling performance during his Major League debut at Nationals Park striking out 14 Pirates in 7.0 innings.


Nats look to sink the Bucs

The Nationals are the only team in the Majors without a series sweep but they have a chance to bring out the brooms tonight. The durable Livan Hernandez will take the mound as he tries to pick up his first win since May 4 tonight against the Pirates.


The Pirates don’t have to worry about Strasburg’s 97-99 mph fastball but they do have to deal with the crafty veteran. It is no secret the two pitchers have styles as opposite as the poles, but they both get the job done. Livo has been a reliable arm all season long, pitching on short rest once and at least 5.0 innings in all 11 starts. Granted his fastball is only slightly faster–85 mph–than Strasburg’s curveball, Livo pitches to contact and has an ability to make batter’s look foolish with his slow looping 65 mph curveball.


By the Numbers in 2010: Livo looks to get back on the winning road tonight.

First five starts: 4-1 with a 0.99 ERA (36.1 IP/ 4 ER) with 13 walks and a .186 BAA.

Last six starts: 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA (36.2 IP/ 14 ER) with 10 walks and a .277 BAA.


Who said it?

“I don’t think it’s weird to call [Strasburg the ace of the staff]. He is obviously our top pitcher right now. I don’t think that’s taking away from anything anyone has done here this year. Guys like him come around once every 10, 15, 20 years.”


Interleague play resumes tomorrow. The Nats will play six games in AL parks–three in Cleveland and Detroit–where they can utilize the DH position. It will allow Manager Jim Riggleman the ability to give Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman a pseudo-rest while not taking them out of the lineup. Dunn batted .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs and five RBI in six games last season as the DH.

Pirates (23-36):

1.    Jose Tabata – LF

2.    Neil Walker – 2B

3.    Andrew McCutchen – CF

4.    Garrett Jones – RF

5.    Ryan Doumit – 1B

6.    Bobby Crosby – SS

7.    Adam LaRoche – 3B

8.    Jason Jaramillo – C

9.    Zach Duke – SP (3-6, 5.43 ERA)

Nationals (29-31):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Adam Dunn – 1B

4.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

7.      Michael Morse – RF

8.      Roger Bernadina – CF

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (4-3, 2.22 ERA

Who said it? Adam Dunn

The day after Strasmas and all through the Park…

A day after Stephen Strasburg made his unforgettable Major League debut, Brad Lincoln makes his debut for the Pirates. Lincoln was Pittsburgh’s first round pick in the 2006 Draft (fourth pick overall) out of the University of Houston. He was ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh’s fourth-best prospect prior to the 2009 and 2010 seasons… He was also recognized as having the “Best Curveball” in the organization prior to this year.


Pirates (23-35):

1.    Jose Tabata – LF

2.    Neil Walker – 2B

3.    Andrew McCutchen – CF

4.    Garrett Jones – 1B

5.    Adam LaRoche – 3B

6.    Lastings Milledge – RF

7.    Ronny Cedeno – SS

8.    Jason Jaramillo – C

9.    Brad Lincoln – SP (Major League Debut)


*Pittsburgh native Neil Walker has hit safely in 10 of his first 13 games since being promoted from Indianapolis on May 25. Walker has produced six multi-hit games in his last 12 contests and has started each of the last 13 games overall. Among NL rookies since May 25, he ranks second in batting average (.320), slugging percentage (.520) and OPS (.890), first in extra base hits (seven) and third in on-base percentage (.370).

 Nationals (28-31):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Niger Morgan – CF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (2-3, 4.79 ERA) 

*The Nationals’ 28 wins to date are two more than the 26 W’s registered by the Nationals prior to last season’s All-Star break. The  Nationals’ 28th win last season came via a 3-1 decision on July 22 vs. NYM.


A Strasburg Style Diary

Follow the live diary from Nationals Park all day as Stephen Strasburg makes his Major League Debut.

10:00 a.m.: If you just stumbled out of a cave this morning, Stephen Strasburg is making his Major League debut tonight. He needs no introduction and if you want to read his story, Google his name and you will get 8,130,000 results in 0.21 seconds. Alex Rodriguez registered 6,650,000 results in 0.24 seconds.

1 minute later: Can you imagine what the 8,130,000th item is about? I wish there was a way to find out. I don’t think it is possible though. It would take a year to scroll through them all yet it took 0.21 seconds for Google. I am guessing it is about Strasburg, VA.

Debuts in 2010: This is arguably the most hyped and anticipated debut since the inception of the Draft–granted it has never been easier to create hype in the age of instant access, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook but Nationals President Stan Kasten said he has never seen this type of anticipation ever before. People have recorded every breath he has taken since he was discovered in San Diego/San Strasburg. Speaking of Major League debuts… Drew Storen, Luis Atilano and Jesse English all made their Major League debuts for the Nationals this season too.

As of today, 69 players have made their Major League debuts this season. Mike Leake was the first player from the 2009 draft class to make it to The Show. He pitched 6.2 innings and gave up one run on four hits and seven walks against the Cubs on April 11. He also collected two hits at the plate.

“I didn’t have any jitters,” Leake said after the game. He gave up a hit and issued two walks before recording an out. He eventually got out of the base loaded jam unharmed in the first inning. “I was just trying to do too much and I was pulling the ball. Seven walks is a little much.”

Seven walks is a little too much but it was memorable enough that he jokingly requested for the seventh-walk ball. I am guessing he never got it.

11:42: Strasburg’s start today will conclude an eventful calendar year: if last year’s draft was New Years day, today is New Years Eve… so it is only fitting that there will be quite a celebration tonight. He was drafted on June 9, 2009, signed less than two minutes before the midnight signing deadline in August, pitched in the Arizona Fall League, got married in January, attended his first Major League Spring Training, made a rapid accent through the Minor League system and now he has arrived at his final destination where his journey is just beginning.

Side bet: Blogs all over the internet are predicting Strasburg’s final line. Yes, you can even bet on the first pitch: ball (+120) or strike (-150)? The over/under for strikeouts is 5.5, total pitches is 90.5 and innings pitched is 6.

12:05: There is a countdown on ESPN: 6 hours, 54 minutes and 12 seconds to first pitch.

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Silver Spring resident Spencer Patton was the first person to buy a standing room only ticket. He was the person who got all the glory–and by glory I mean he was interviewed by ABC 7–but in actuality he wasn’t the first person in line. His friend started the line in front of the Box Office at 7:30 a.m. Patton got there around nine–it just proves the late bird gets the worm and Strasburg tickets too.

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“I want to wait here just so I can see the reaction of the first person who doesn’t get tickets,” someone said.

1:32: He thought about it for about a minute. “I am not that mean.”

1:35: Everyone who waited in line was able to get tickets.

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Why buy a $10 standing room only ticket when you can wait three more hours and get a $5 ticket that comes with a seat.

3:20: In my brief search to find the person who traveled the farthest to witness Stephen Strasburg, I found Tom from Houston, Texas. Hopefully, we can find someone who came from a different country just for this game. “It is going to be crazy here,” he said. I stopped counting after the third time he said it but I agreed each time. Never before has a Nats-Bucs game garnered World-Series-like coverage in June.

3:31: Drew Storen passed through the media gauntlet on the field. Every time he was done with one interview, there was another camera waiting for him just so they could ask him questions about the one and only, Stephen Strasburg.

“He’s got a great personality–it’s just that he’s a very low-key guy,” Storen said yesterday. “And it’s not what you’d expect out of a guy like that. You expect a big-time talent to have a big-time personality and be this real outspoken guy, and he’s far from that. He’s a guy that will ask anybody questions and is willing to learn from anybody, and that’s the key to his success. … He’s got a different type personality than I do, but he’s got the right personality for the position he’s in.”

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After about the fifth interview, it looked like he was going to turn down his first interview ever. He looked up at the clock in centerfield, noticed he still had five minutes before he had to stretch and said, “All right, one more.” He has never met a microphone he didn’t like.

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The Baseball Tonight guys are here. GM Mike Rizzo, Ryan Zimmerman and Nyjer Morgan all found themselves on the set.

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Harold Reynolds from the MLB Network is playing flip with the Nats players. He didn’t win but he did break a nice sweat.

4:01: There is a media circus around Jim Riggleman for his pregame press conference.

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Morgan just wanted his picture taken… so we took it. He is a pretty scary guy… not.

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Willie Harris felt excluded so he joined.

4:30: The gates are open.

4:32: Strasburg’s first Major League Lineups:


McCutchen – CF

Walker – 2B

Milledge – LF

Jones – 1B

Young – RF

LaRoche – 3B

Cedeno – SS

Jaramillo – C

Karstens – P


Guzman – 2B

Morgan – CF

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Rodriguez – C

Bernadina – RF

Desmond – SS

Strasburg – P

6:03:  Zimmerman appeared on the MLB Network and they asked what he is going to say to Strasburg before his first pitch when he gives him the ball after it goes around the horn. Plain and simple: “Throw it 100 or everyone will be pissed,” Zim said with a laugh.

6:05: Uni Watch–We won’t focus on the apparel tonight but there are countless people sporting Strasburg T-shirt jerseys and I just saw someone wearing a Tour de France jersey. Wrong sport and colors buddy.

6:15: “I have never seen anything that mirrors this,” GM Mike Rizzo said. “It really feels like a World Series like atmosphere.”

6:38: The Nats sold 2,000 standing room only tickets. I’m guessing this will be the largest crowd at Nationals Park… besting the previous record of 41,985 set on June 25, 2009 against Boston. There is a big difference tonight though. On June 25 there were about 20,000 Red Sox fans and that is a conservative estimate. Tonight, there might be 10 Pirates fans–I have only seen four.

6:39: It just occurred to me why there are so many fans tonight… Lastings Milledge is back in town.

6:41: You really couldn’t ask for better weather tonight–76 degrees, partly cloudy with a light wind. As they say at Nationals Park, it is a b-e-a-utiful night in NatsTown.

6:42: Strasburg just entered the bullpen. People are lining the railings, leaning over the edge just to get a look at his bullpen session. I attempted to count the number of cameras trying to get a picture of him… but it was a hopeless endeavor.

6:57: So much for people coming to watch Millege. He was booed by fans as the announcer read off Pirates lineup.

Opening Pitch Strasburg.jpg7:00:  Five minutes to first pitch. Wow. Strasburg received a standing ovation as he walked from the bullpen to dugout. Pitching Coach Steve McCatty tipped his cap. Strasburg’s stony stare that could have scared a shark finally cracked and he smiled. Actually, he began to laugh and unsuccessfully tried to cover it up. I don’t know what that did for his heart beat but it must be pounding.

7:04: The fans still haven’t taken their seats. I don’t expect them to sit down before the first out.

7:06: First Pitch. 97 mph fastball. Ball one. Cameras flashed like Barry Bonds was about to hit his 756th home run.

7:06: First Major League out on his third Major League pitch–a 98 mph fastball. Andrew McCutchen lined out to Ian Desmond.

7:08: Pitch eight–a 99-mph fastball–got Walked to ground out to Dunn. Two down.

7:09: Welcome back Lastings. Strasburg sat him down in three pitches: a 99-mph fastball called strike, 82-mph curveball for a called strike two and a 83-mph curveball strike three swinging.

7:14: How. Far. Will. It. Go? Ryan Zimmerman home run. Nats lead 1-0.

7:19: He started 3-0 to Garrett Jones, then threw three straight fastballs, striking him out on a 99-mph fastball.

7:21: It’s amazing. After each pitch, the crowd either groans or cheers. You can follow the ups and downs of this game without even laying your eyes on the field.

7:21: Strikeout number three, 83-mph curveball under the arms of Young.

7:22: Andy LaRouche hit a 100 mph fastball for Strasburg’s first hit. It’s also Strasburg’s first 100 mph pitch tonight.

7:24: Three outs. Strikeout number four. Through two innings, Strasburg has thrown 30 pitches, 18 for strikes. No runs.

7:29: The sight of Lastings Milledge chasing Pudge’s hit down the foul line has everyone cheering.

7:37: Strikeout number five. An 83-mph curveball catches Jaramillo looking.

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Strikeout number six. This has become the K count and it’s not fair. He blew away opposing pitcher Jeff Karstens with a 98-mph fastball. Why do pitchers hit?

7:41: Once again, cameras are flashing and a standing as Strasburg walks to the plate. Fans apparently think he’s Barry Bonds with the bat.

7:43: Strasburg proved he may be at least partially human as he grounded out to short.

7:54: Pudge took a trip to the mound after Strasburg surrendered two straight hits to Walker and Milledge.

7:57: Jones worked the count full after starting 0-2, then hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

7:58: Strasburg made his first mistake–a hanging change-up–and Delwyn Young hit a two-run homer.

Seconds later: A fan threw back the home run ball that Young hit. Dunn picked it up and threw it to a ball boy in the dugout. There’s a good chance Strasburg will be seeing that ball later.

7:59: Strasburg recovers and gets the final out on the very next pitch.

8:06: The Nationals execute the perfect hit and run. Pudge hits right to the second base hole.

8:10: Strikeout number seven for Strasburg.

8:13: Strikeout number eight on a 99-mph fastball right down the plate. Sorry, Kastens. You’ve proved again why pitchers should not hit.

8:24: Strikeout number nine–a 91-mph change-up to McCutchen

8:26: Strikeout number ten–a 99-mph fastball upstairs. He’s thrown 78  pitches and recorded ten strikeouts. That’s efficiency.

8:27: He strikes out Milledge on a checked swing in the dirt. That’s three strikeouts in just over three minutes. The K count is now at 11. The last time a Nats pitcher stuck out this many in one game was September 21, 2008, when Odalis Perez struck out 11 Padres. The most strikeouts collected by any Nationals pitcher since the move to Washington is 13. John Patterson did it on August 4, 2005, against the Dodgers, and then completed the same feat on April 15 of the following year at the Marlins.

8:33: Two-run home run for Adam Dunn to the upper deck–second row of section 239. This place is rockin’ like Game 7. There can never be too many World Series references in this post.

8:35: It’s hammer time! Willingham hits one to the opponent’s bullpen for back-to-back home runs.

8:37: I don’t know how many people are here for the first time, but I’ve run into quite a few. I asked three girls what all the commotion was about and they responded that some guy named “Strawzzzzburger or something” was pitching.

8:43: The girls found their way to the All-Star balloting location. They filled out their ballot and got a free Nationals T-shirt.

8:48: Strikeout number 12 to Garrett Jones. This is five straight strikeouts.

8:49: The whole stadium erupts as Strasburg strikes out his 13th batter, sixth straight batter.

8:50: Everyone is on their feet. Literally everyone. Except for me. I’m sitting down so I can type.

8:51: Make that seven straight batters. Strasburg just broke the record for most K’s as a National, 2005-present. It looks like he’s pitching to high school batters. Well, then again, they are the Pirates.

8:53: Willie Harris bats for Strasburg. Strasburg’s final line: seven innings, two runs, two earned, four hits, 14 K’s, zero walks and one home run. He threw 94 pitches, 65 for strikes.

8:59: Strasburg ends his night by emerging from the bullpen long enough to tip his hat to the fans who are wildly cheering.

9:00: Nyjer Morgan salutes the fans at center field. He thinks he may have something to do with the wild cheering.

9:21: It’s the final countdownnnnnnnnn…

9:22: Capps records the 17th strikeout for the Nationals, tying the team record (2005-present) set on April 17, 2008. But those Nationals pitchers needed 13.2 innings to accumulate the 17 K’s.

9:25: Capps picks up his league-leading 19th save and Strasburg picks up his first Major League win.

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Strasburg gets the inevitable pie to the face from pie master, John Lannan. Lannan has been looking forward to this moment since last June.

 Seconds later:
Scott Olsen gives him the towel to wipe off, but then pies him again, as Nyjer Morgan drops the Elvis wig on his head. It’s like helping someone get up only to throw them back down again. Congrats, Player of the Game and welcome to the Big Leagues.

9:30: The Park begins chanting “Ste-phen Stras-burg!” The expectations laid on Stephen Strasburg tonight seemed unreasonably high, yet he still managed to exceed them. Drew Storen said when Strasburg went from Double-A to Triple-A he took his game to the next level and he couldn’t wait to see what Strasburg would do when he finally made it to the Majors. Well, we just witnessed Strasburg raising the bar yet again.

9:44: “I thought I was going to be a lot more nervous than I really was,” Strasburg said.

9:45: “I’ve caught a lot of guys, but this guy is unbelievable,” Pudge said.

9:50: “The only thing I really remember was the first pitch, and the ball was inside,” Strasburg said. “Everything else is such a blur. At one point I even lost track of how many innings I had. … It’s kind of like getting married. You tell yourself you want to go out and remember everything. And once it’s done, you can’t remember anything.”

You still have a chance to watch Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park

In response to the high demand for tickets to Stephen Strasburg’s debut game on Tuesday, June 8, the Washington Nationals will offer fans the opportunity to purchase individual Suite seats for the first time in Nationals team history on Monday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m.


Fans may purchase seats in the Party Suites (located above Left Field on the Club Level) for $95 apiece or the Jefferson Suites (located on the Club Level between 1st and 3rd) for $145 apiece. Guests who purchase suite tickets will enjoy contoured leather seats, access to the Stars and Stripes Club and both indoor and outdoor seating. Suite tickets are only available online or by calling (202) 675-NATS(6287). There is a two-seat minimum for purchase of these seats.


The Nationals will also make 2,000 Standing Room Only tickets–at $10 apiece–available on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Nationals Park Main Box Office.  Nationals Park features wide, open concourses with fantastic sightlines for fans to enjoy the game from all angles. There is a two ticket limit per person. Additionally as is our standard practice, 400 Grandstand Seats, priced at $5, will be made available at 4:30 p.m. when gates open.


Nationals Park gates will open at 4:30 p.m. for Tuesday evening’s game and fans are encouraged to arrive early and avoid delays associated with a sell-out crowd. All areas of the ballpark will be open including the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk featuring live music by The Lloyd Dobler Effect.

Stephen Strasburg–Coming soon to a Major League Park near you

strasburg 100 c.jpgThe wait is nearly over for Stephen Strasburg. June 8 is now the official date for his highly anticipated Major League debut–assuming everything goes as planned, no postponements, injuries, etc. The Nationals made the announcement last night and single game tickets for the game quickly sold out. Right now, the only way to get tickets is by purchasing the Nats’
New Era Flex Plan.

It’s Strasburg-mania. Plain and simple. He is a baseball player with a rock star following.

“Stephen Strasburg is a rare breed,” Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs Manager Trent Jewett said. “Whatever he brings that intrigues people, I certainly understand it. It’s a great story. I think the people are attracted to power, whether it’s power arms or power swings. And the fact that he’s a down-to-earth, humble person, that doesn’t hurt.”

Everyone wants a piece of Strasburg history. He has that rare ability as a baseball player to singlehandedly sell out ballparks. He is the biggest thing in baseball since, well, people are still trying to quantify his impact.

“All of us are asking for comparables, and we can’t think of any,” Nats President Stan Kasten said.

The homepage at stubhub has a direct link to “See Stephen Strasburg.” The cheapest ticket right now is $63 for section 418, just 350 percent more than face value. Just for a quick comparison, tickets for this Friday’s game are as cheap as $6 for the same section.

His start on June 8 will conclude an eventful calendar year: he was drafted on June 9, signed less than two minutes before the midnight signing deadline in August, pitched in the Arizona Fall League, got married in January, attended his first Major League Spring Training, made a rapid accent through the Minor League system and is on the cusp of pitching in his first Major League game.

Year one is almost in the books and, hopefully, it is only the first chapter.

Inside Pitch Live with closer Matt Capps

Capps and Dibble 1.jpgMatt Capps has been everything and more for the Nationals this season. He has provided stability at the back end of the bullpen and when he enters the game, you can put a Curly “W” in the books. He is 13-for-13 in save opportunities and sports a 0.98 ERA with 17 strikeouts. He was named the Delivery Man of the Month for April. He spent 20 minutes on Saturday in the PNC Diamond Club fielding questions from MASN Commentator Rob Dibble as well as fans for the second installment of Inside Pitch Live.

How are you enjoying your stay in Washington?

“I’m enjoying it. We’re still trying to get used to the city. It’s a little bigger city than what I’m used to, coming over from Pittsburgh and then I grew up in a small town. It’s a big city but I’m enjoying it.”

It’s Pups in the Park today and you have a few dogs right?

“I have three golden retrievers. Two of ours are English Cream so they’re as white as my pants. But they’re awesome dogs. I love them.”

Capps and Dibble 2.jpgHow much fun is it to be on a team that is winning?

“It’s been a lot of fun. And the most exciting part about it is I don’t feel like we’re playing good baseball yet. We were a couple of games over .500 a couple of days ago. And the exciting part about that is we’ve played how many games without Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup? And Adam Dunn is not hitting like we know Adam Dunn can hit. And our starting pitching hasn’t really stabilized itself yet. We’ve had some good performances, but as far as consistency with the guys we have and what they’re capable of, I don’t feel like we’ve hit our stride yet.”

Have you had the chance to see fans outside of the ballpark?

“My wife’s family was in town last homestand. We went out to dinner. Don’t tell the guys downstairs but we walked into an ice cream shop. Got some ice cream and I had some people recognize me… a lady recognized me, and I ended up talking to her and her family, what have you and just had a good conversation. They’re excited to have the team back in Washington. They’ve been following the team. From what everybody seems to be saying, everybody’s excited. You can kind of see the writing on the wall of what the Washington Nationals can do, with the guys who are coming and the guys who are here. Like I said, we hit our stride and start playing the way I think everybody here’s capable of playing and this could be a fun place to be.”

What’s it like throwing to Pudge?

“It’s pretty cool. I called my high school coach after the first bullpen [session] I threw in Spring Training just to tell him. This was my fifth Spring Training and I think that was the most nervous I’ve been all year was that first day when I got up on the mound… I look up and there’s Pudge Rodriguez standing there with a mitt. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was like, ‘Oh, man…'”

Capps and Kid.jpgHow nice is he as a teammate?

“He has confidence in you. When he comes out to the mound, I can tell by the way he talks to me, he knows we’re going to get the job done. But the most impressive part about him, there’s a reason why he’s played so long. The guy’s in phenomenal shape and the work ethic that he has, you kind of look at him when you walk into the clubhouse or the weight room, and you see a guy working like that, you think, ‘this guy’s been catching for 20 years in the Big Leagues and he’s working like that?’ He’s, what, 38 years old? I’m 26 years old. There’s no reason for me not to work harder than this guy. So he kind of pushes you in what he does away from the field, and the confidence he has in himself, and the confidence that he shows us, as pitchers–it’s a lot of fun to work with.”

You are the papa bear in the bullpen, how did that start?

“It actually started in Pittsburgh my rookie year. I got called up in 2005. ’05 was a fun year for me. I went to low Single-A ball to the Big Leagues in one year. So when I got to the Big Leagues, I was kind of overwhelmed. I’d never been to a Spring Training. I didn’t know many people on the team. One of the few guys I did know was Sean Burnett. He was on the DL at that point in time, in September of ’05. Part of his duties being on the DL, he wanted to come sit in the bullpen, well anytime somebody warmed up he had to bring them two cups of water. That just kind of carried over. My next year, Burnett wasn’t on the DL. He was done rehabbing. Me being the rookie, that was my job and it’s just something that’s kind of carried over. I know when I’m warming up, a lot of times I don’t want to leave the mound and go to the water cooler, so I kind of felt like if I did it for them, maybe they’d do it for me. So a little bit of selfishness in there. I’m not that nice of a guy (laughing).”

How are guys in the bullpen getting ready for Stephen Strasburg?

“We got a chance to see the guy in Spring Training. He is a phenomenal talent. Anytime somebody can throw 98, 99 miles an hour with a hammer of a curveball and a great changeup and a good feel for everything, you’re a little bit jealous .But we’re excited for him to get up here. I think he’s going to be an impact player from day one. There are a couple of other guys that get overlooked because of all the attention on Strasburg. But the most impressive part about him is the person he is. He’s in the weight room, he’s out running, he’s doing things in between starts. It’s not something you see every day. It’s kind of refreshing. Like I was talking about with Pudge, there’s a reason why he’s so successful. There’s a reason Stephen Strasburg is Stephen Strasburg. He works hard day-in, day-out. And he’s got the physical tools to go along with it. We’re very excited about him getting up here and kind of hoping that when he does get up here we can go to a more traditional seven-man bullpen.”

Capps and Inside pitch.jpgHow do you turn it on when you enter the game? Do you have a trick?

“No, I don’t. If anyone has any advice, please let me know. I try to be the same guy every day, no matter what happened the night before. If you walked into the clubhouse this morning, I don’t want you to see any difference in me whether I had a six out save and struck out six guys or if I blew a three run save the night before. I want to be the same guy every day. I try to do that with my routine.”