Live from Turner Field: Strasburgers for everybody!

Stan Kasten had a question: Did I, semi-professional sports scribe, watch Stephen Strasburg’s first big-league game?

Being semi-honest, I admitted I hadn’t. Which prompted the president of the Washington Nationals to say: “Then you’re No. 1. Everybody in my circle saw it.”

Bobby Cox, who once worked under Stan Kasten, saw it. And had, you’ll be shocked to learn, an issue with the plate umpire. “Second pitch of the game,” Cox said. “Kid [Stasburg] throws this huge curveball and everybody buckles. Down the middle of the plate. Called a ball.”

Stephen Strasburg, as you may know, now works under Kasten. Strasburg pitches for the Nationals and has made a fairly positive first impression. He has 41 strikeouts in his first 25 1/3 big-league innings. He has yielded four earned runs. He’s set to pitch against the Braves tonight at Turner Field, and a goodly crowd is expected.

And the true measure of Strasburg’s stunning success: He has prompted the creation of the Strasburger, which is offered by BGR The Burger Joint and features, to commemorate the pitcher’s 14-strikeout debut, 14 pickles. Which led me to pose this question of Kasten: Has he yet partaken of a Strasburger?

“No,” Kasten said.

And on that culinary note, I open the floor for questions, comments and submissions for Strasburger recipes. I’ll be here all game, and I hope you’ll join me. And I thank you in advance.

264 comments Add your comment

mike

June 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

screw strasburg! go braves!

Reid Adair

June 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

Don’t feel bad, Mark. I didn’t watch it either. But then again, I’m not in Stan Kasten’s “circle.”

HudsonBurger

June 28th, 2010
6:11 pm

In true commemoration of Tim Hudson’s stature, the burger is 1/8lb., but has some wicked kick that fools the pants off of his customers….I’m thinking Frank’s Extra Hot?

Delbert D.

June 28th, 2010
6:13 pm

Is that a slice of Spam in there?

Steve

June 28th, 2010
6:18 pm

Mark, how about a prediction? Does he continue to dominate or do the Braves get to him a little? 4 – 2 Atlanta? Stras can’t be that smart, he got married when he was 20.

Billy Jack aint no sissy

June 28th, 2010
6:18 pm

HOLD the pickles….nothing screws up a cheeseburger more than pickles…EXCEPT mayo

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
6:19 pm

Steve, my predictions are so worthless I hesitate to make one.

Willy

June 28th, 2010
6:20 pm

The Braves will marinate him in soy sauce.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
6:22 pm

If the home team loads the bases, we can say, “Strasburg is in a real pickle.”

HudsonBurger

June 28th, 2010
6:23 pm

Mark, what would go on your HudBurger?

JacketFan

June 28th, 2010
6:26 pm

Our pitching has to be ON today. I don’t see us scoring more than 2 on this kid. I don’t think we’ll have a problem lighting up their bullpen, but I have no reason to believe we can take this kid to woodshed … yet.

Steve

June 28th, 2010
6:30 pm

Mark how do you and Jeff decide who will work certain Braves game? Coin flip? Arm wrestle?

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mike

June 28th, 2010
6:32 pm

I’d say throw on 1 jalapeno slice; to commemorate his first loss in the ATL.

Patrick

June 28th, 2010
6:34 pm

Mark, what do you make of the Heyward situation?

I’m curious as to what you think about him waiting for 2 months before he’s talked about his hand and gotten it looked at when it was clearly the reason for his massive struggles.

And also, now what? Do you think he should go on the DL?
I know that DOB said that this is something that may require and entire off-season’s worth of rest to fix too.

No matter how you look at it though, it is a real shame.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

June 28th, 2010
6:35 pm

What scares me is the Braves lack of success when they face a pitcher for the fisrt time….coupled with the fact this kid Strasburg has phenomanal stuff……(that said I could pull his fastball back in 1983…) just sayin Braves 3 Nats 2..??

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
6:36 pm

It’s a strange thing, Patrick. You want a guy to be a gamer, but you also want him to tell you when he’s hurt.

@Mike

June 28th, 2010
6:39 pm

1 jalapeno slice….I can eat em…but it burns going out the next day…thanks for stopping at 1…you’re a good man

Vegas

June 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

the over/under in the desert is 6.5runs….I love the under…(which means it will go over)

Mr. Charlie

June 28th, 2010
6:42 pm

I say 18 strikeouts.

Mr. Charlie

June 28th, 2010
6:43 pm

Stras gets 18 KOs, McCann gets a homer, and bravos win 1-0.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
6:44 pm

The night Otis Nixon climbed the wall to pull down Andy Van Slyke’s drive, the Braves mustered one hit — a David Justice homer — and won 1-0.

Bob Horner didn't have much range at 3rd base

June 28th, 2010
6:45 pm

Mr. Charlie you may be right it wouldn’t shock me if you were but I’m thinking 11K’s

James

June 28th, 2010
6:47 pm

Screw Strasburg! Go Braves!

Steve

June 28th, 2010
6:47 pm

How’s the crowd? I heard they are expecting around 40,000. Amazing for a Monday.

Thai Cobb

June 28th, 2010
6:50 pm

If the Braves only mustard one hit against Strasburger, I believe they’d find it hard to ketchup.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
6:51 pm

Crowd isn’t huge, but it’s still early. And traffic looks bad on the ol’ Georgia Navigator.

rekingball

June 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

Why does the management of the Braves allow players to continue to play hurt, without getting their injury looked at, when everyone can see that it is affecting their production so drastically?
I wonder why it took over a month to have an MRI done on Heyward’s hand.
I also question bringing Saito back from the DL before he was 100%, and then trotting him out every other day, to watch him blow saves and games.

BrandonW

June 28th, 2010
6:54 pm

I was once in the bathroom peeing (Lakewood) and I looked over and Stan Kasten was using the next one. I asked if the Braves were going to trade McGriff (1997). He said no way. Since then his words haven’t been worth a P*#S

Jon

June 28th, 2010
6:55 pm

Mr. Charlie

June 28th, 2010
6:57 pm

Any guess for total KOs for both starting pitchers? Put be down for 21.

rekingball

June 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

The Braves are going to go against their norm.(1st look at a rookie pitcher).
The Braves will score within the 1st nine ABs., and light Strasburger up the second time around in the batting order.
The Braves will smoke Strasburger’s behind off the mound before the end of the 4th inning.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:02 pm

Thank you for sharing, BrandonW.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:03 pm

Stephen Strasburg has completed his bullpen session and made his way to the dugout.

Steve

June 28th, 2010
7:07 pm

Anyone throw a burger at him?

Jim

June 28th, 2010
7:10 pm

Why is it that I can’t get the game on Peachtree TV or ESPN2 on Mediacom in South Ga?

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:10 pm

Braves: Prado, 2B; Cabrera, RF; Chipper J., 3B; McCann, C; Glaus, 1B; Hinske, LF; Escobar, SS; Blanco, CF; Hudson, P.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:12 pm

Nyjer Morgan reaches on Escobar’s error.

Steve

June 28th, 2010
7:12 pm

I would almost rather have Greg Norton playing then Escobar.

The Strasburgler

June 28th, 2010
7:13 pm

I’ll go with Troy Glaus and Chipper giving him fits and he leaves in the 5th inning. Although he’ll still get 6 strikeouts.

Patrick

June 28th, 2010
7:13 pm

Nice boot Escobar

Mr. Charlie

June 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

Sit down, he was out.

C from Marietta

June 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

To He(double hockey sticks) with Strasburg and the Strausberger.

Mr. Charlie

June 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

loyal reader

June 28th, 2010
7:24 pm

Four blogs in one day…that’s gotta be closing in on some sort of AJC record (not that I’m complainin’, of course)…

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:25 pm

Strasburg’s first pitch: 98 mph fastball for Ball 1. Second pitch: 98 mph fastball, grounded to third.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:25 pm

Third pitch: 97 mph heater. Braves wearing him down.

Shane

June 28th, 2010
7:26 pm

Melky saw it just fine

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:26 pm

Fourth pitch: Cabrera doubles to the opposite field.

Mark Bradley

June 28th, 2010
7:27 pm

Chipper lines to left. Might have cracked his bat.