I like the Strasburg deal.Â I really do.Â Who doesnâ€™t like the potential of a 100 mph heater and a killer breaking ball coupled with the grit of a Jonathan Paplebon?Â Â The Nats get a great prospect for not goofy money and the kid gets a record contract and chance to shine. Everybody wins.
What I donâ€™t like is all the breathless jabbering about it.Â Some people are talking about it like it’s their first kiss.Â On WJFK 106.7 FM â€œThe Fanâ€ (oh, please)Â just after the deal was inked, the announcer said all Nats fans must be â€œecstaticâ€ at the news.Â Pleased? Yeah, maybe.Â Optimistic, sure.Â Ecstatic?Â I guess.Â If I was ten.Â
One of the blogs ran the banner headline: â€œWashington Nationals SIGN STEPHEN STRASBURG!!!!â€ (exclamation points in the original).Â Okay, theyâ€™re excited.Â It is a good day for the franchise. I get it.Â But I think I would have been more excited if they signed Roy Halladay.Â I am certainly not in the Thomas Boswell camp who said in yesterdayâ€™s Post that this signing is the Nat’s “redemption.” One 21-year-old can’t do that all by himself no matter how good he is.Â There are 24 other guys that need to help too.Â
I’m from Missouri on this kid; show me then I’ll get excited.Â He’s a great college pitcher.Â Let’s see if that translates to effectiveness in the bigs. I’m willing to wait three or four years to find out if he’s got the stuff.Â I donâ€™t expect miracles (and neither should anyone else).Â And, by God, I hope he is great.Â But at this point heâ€™s got tremendous potential and heâ€™s completely unproven in a situation where the big dogs run.
Letâ€™s all take a breath, get the stars out of our eyes, and wait to see what happens before we start planning to buy playoff tickets a year from now.Â Doesnâ€™t the name Jordan Zimmermann mean anything?