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MissChatter: Strasburg's Debut (Mostly) Official

MissChatter: Strasburg's Debut (Mostly) Official

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:30pm

By Miss Chatter
CSNwashington.com

That's what I get for trying to be baseball-smart. I felt pretty much like a schmuck after my last post on guessing Strasburg's debut, which I detailed over on my blog. I was a little bit terrified to come back here and post something potentially controversial. But now here I am again with my tail tucked between my legs with the good news that the Nationals have officially announced Stephen Strasburg will debut at home on June 8th against the Pirates (with appropriate disclaimers based on weather and injuries). The worst part of all this? That's the date I was originally going to guess, but based purely on personal wishes rather than any baseball sense using extrapolation of innings and dates.

See, my birthday is June 7th, aka "Draft Day". All I wanted for my birthday was a Strasburg MLB debut (and an iPad, but that's irrelevant to this). Since the Nats are off on Monday the 7th, the 8th seemed like the next best choice, particularly since I already had tickets to that game in my shared season ticket plan. That seemed to be a lot to hope for and certainly no basis for how the Nationals would plan the pitching phenom's debut, so I tossed the idea aside. Silly me! I would have been better off throwing that out as my completely frivolous guess that no one could take exception to!

Strasburg could very likely have Pudge Rodriguez behind the plate as his catcher since June 8th is also the day Rodriguez could return from the 15-day disabled list. I have tossed around the idea in my mind that Strasburg was potentially "held back" to wait for Pudge's return. Despite the fact that both Wil Nieves and Carlos Maldonado, both currently filling in with catcher duties with Rodriguez on the DL, have caught 37 before (Nieves in spring training and Maldonado in AAA), I could see a scenario where the team would want "the best" backstop for his debut. No offense to Nieves, of course! (Do I need to put a disclaimer here that I'm merely wondering out loud?) Clearly Strasburg can adjust to different catchers since he's had a different one in his last few starts, but I also have to wonder if that had any impact on his most recent outing in which he took the loss, allowing 6 hits and 3 earned runs (and had a balk). Not that any of that matters anymore - the kid is coming next week after one more AAA start on June 3rd... Provided it doesn't get rained out. Because that can happen. Just so fans are aware!

Despite the disclaimers, tickets have flown off the internet (and many onto StubHub) as detailed by DC Sports Bog. What's that funny feeling? Strasburg's arrival in DC is putting this club smack dab in the national sports spotlight. Feels pretty good, huh? After five years of only being noticed for misspelled jerseys and other "Nats Fails", finally some positive attention is heading this way. I only hope Strasburg himself is rather impervious to the impact his arrival is having on the area as a whole. I can't even imagine the kind of pressure that would place on a person, particularly one so young.

I for one look forward to welcoming him to The Show for my birthday celebration and welcome all of NatsTown to celebrate with me. But please don't ask how old I'll be.

Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

It was only a mere three weeks ago that Francesco Molinari closed with a final round 62 en route to a dominant eight-shot victory at the 2018 Quicken Loans National. 

On Sunday, his eight-under total was good enough for a two-shot win over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

The 35-year-old played his final round alongside Tiger Woods, who shot a 5-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round that left him at 5 under through 54 holes and four shots back of the leaders. His 66 was his first weekend round in the 60s in the Open since 2007.

The 14-time major winner had to settle for a closing round of 71 on Sunday. It was his first Open since missing the cut at St. Andrews in 2015.

Molinari continues to be one of the world's hottest golfers, notching his third win in the last five starts. 

Some of golf's best weighed in on Sunday: 

When it was all said and done, on a day that featured difficult Carnoustie wind conditions, Francesco Molinari emerged victorious hoisting the Claret Jug. 

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Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Nationals this season. He bruised his left wrist diving for a ball and did not play from April 15 until May 15, when he had two at-bats. He went back on the disabled list, returned June 1 and is hitting .171 (7 for 41) since.

Condra-Bogan, 23, went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 relief outings with Lexington of the South Atlantic League and one appearance with Wilmington of the Carolina League, also Class A.

The trade was announced Sunday.

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