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Strasburg gives no comment, but teammates rave about long-term deal

Strasburg gives no comment, but teammates rave about long-term deal

The agreement between Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on a long-term extension is not yet official and may not be until Tuesday afternoon when the team is expected to hold a press conference announcing it all. Because of that, Strasburg offered no comment about the specifics of his new contract after Monday night's win over the Tigers.

He did, though, share his thoughts on the city of Washington and his time in town as a member of the Nationals.

"Growing up in Southern California and San Diego all my life and stuff, the East Coast is a big change. But the city of D.C. has been great to me and my family. It's really grown on us and we're very comfortable here," Strasburg said.

The particulars of why Strasburg chose to re-sign will be addressed on Tuesday, but when told of the new deal, Strasburg's teammates and manager had great things to say about the former No. 1 overall pick.

"That's huge. He's one of the best arms in baseball," right fielder Bryce Harper said. "The way he goes about it every single day, he works his tail off every single day. It's a lot of fun having him around and he's one of the best. Very happy for Stras. The way he's gone about it hasn't been easy but he's done it the right way, came in here every single day and worked hard, and we're excited to have him. I think just having around, it's going to be huge. Good for the organization, very excited. I think being able to just stick around, have some fun and play the game this year, and that's what Stras is going to do. So that's good."

"I haven't heard that until now so that's awesome," first baseman Clint Robinson said. "I'm sure it takes a lot of pressure off him to go out the rest of the season and pitch, not realy worry about an upcoming free agent year. not saying he is worried about that but it can't hurt. So it's really big for us to have Stras on our side the whole way. We love having him and good for him."

“If that’s the case, I’m very, very happy," manager Dusty Baker said. "And I’d like to be here a little while longer with him."

Baker continued to talk about the growth he's seen in Strasburg, who now boasts a 2.76 ERA after seven starts this season.

“I think it goes back to last year. He’s built some momentum over the offseason. He’s come in in outstanding shape. His mental state of mind, his calmness, is a whole lot better I heard than it used to be where some of the smaller things don’t affect him as much. We had a conversation in the spring about that he’s no longer an underclassmen. He’s been here awhile. He’s certainly not a real seasoned veteran. If he’s in college I’d say probably he’s probably in his junior year of college. A lot of his graduating class is just getting here and this guy’s already been here five or six years. When he first came to the big leagues, he was pitching against all upperclassmen. Now he’s pitching against more guys his age. Soon he’ll be an upperclassmen, but he’s definitely on the way.”

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.