Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Stephen Strasburg's Debut From The Top Row

Well, from almost the top row, Section 416, Row L, Seat 3. It doesn't matter where you sat last night, you could feel the excitement and electricity of the atmosphere at Nationals Park. Thanks to my friend Jeff, I was able to go as he had an extra ticket.

I haven't been this pumped up to see a baseball game in person since I went to see the Orioles in Game 4 of the 1983 World Series in Philadelphia.

Here are my pictures from last night. As usual, for a larger picture just double click the image. I really had a lot of fun there and this team has a very bright future ahead of it.

The atmosphere outside the ball yard.

Film maker Ken Burns throws out the first ball.

Walk from the bullpen before the game

The first pitch.

Ryan Zimmerman before his homer that put the Nats up 1-0.

More pics from Section 416

Discussion with the home plate umpire.

Continuation sequence #1

Championships that my Grandfather got to see.

The crowd.

Strasburg at bat.

Strike three, see ya!

Continuation sequence #2

Here Strasburg reminded me of Bob Gibson in the 1967 World Series.

Picture tells the story. History!

Strasburg throws 7 innings, 94 pitches, 4 hits, no walks and 14 strikeouts including striking out the last seven batters. Relievers closed the door and the Nats win 5-2. Great night at the ball yard!

The old shaving cream pie in the face. Welcome to Washington Stephen Strasburg!

While reflecting on the subway ride home last night the only baseball game I've seen was similar was Game Two of the 1983 American League Championship Series vs the Chicago White Sox at Baltimore. The Orioles Mike Boddicker allowed five singles while struck out 14 in the Orioles 4-0 win.

I really hope this kid makes it big. How cool will it be to have three solid #1 overall draft picks in the same town (Capitals-Alex Ovechkin, Nationals-Stephen Strasburg and Wizards-John Wall?). Time will tell but right now I'll be fired up to watch the Nats this Summer.

Finally, for more on the Nats, check out Nats 320, one of the best blogs out there covering the Nationals.

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