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.