We have a segment on our 'Nationals Talk' podcast called 'Nationals Supreme Court' where we lay out arguments and vote to settle once and for all the most time-tested debates in Nats history. These are the types of debates you may have with friends or family from time to time, and with three people we can break the tie.
This week, we are tackling five of the biggest Nationals debates in writing: the second-most iconic moment in Nats history (Monday), who gave the Nats more value between Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper (Tuesday), the best jersey in Nats history (Wednesday), whether they made the right move with Dusty Baker (Thursday) and the best trade in Nats history (Friday).
Today, we look at the second-most iconic moment in Nationals history aside from the World Series run. The votes were cast by Todd Dybas, Nick Ashooh and Chase Hughes...
Todd Dybas: Stephen Strasburg has said he didn’t know what to expect in his hype-filled debut. He was 21 years old, a year removed from being drafted and taking the mound for a stumbling team.
What followed was one of the most memorable debuts in Major league Baseball history and a significant jolt for the Nationals’ brand. Afterward, Strasburg’s name was anchored into organization history even if he never made another start. Instead, he became one of the organization’s pillars for a decade-plus.
Juan Soto’s single in the N.L. Wild Card game was under consideration here. As was Jayson Werth’s walk-off postseason homer. But, the vote goes to Strasburg meeting almost incomprehensible hype for an organization in search of its footing.
TODD'S VOTE: Stephen Strasburg's 2010 MLB debut
Nick Ashooh: This had me torn. What Stephen Strasburg did in his debut was historic. Heck, I recently wrote about how incredible it was to be there. That being said, Jayson Werth’s walk off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS is the answer here.
It was a playoff moment, and until the Nats won the World Series, was their most iconic. The postseason always adds pressure, which makes the big moments of success even greater when they happen.
NICK'S VOTE: Jayson Werth 2012 NLDS Game 4 walk-off homer
Chase Hughes: Any time these questions are presented, I'm always amazed at just how many choices there are. The Nats have only existed since 2005, yet they can boast all sorts of individual and team accomplishments, both in the regular season and playoffs, and now a World Series title.
The World Series, of course, tops them all. So, that makes this question a difficult one. But the question is framed as 'most iconic' and that to me means most unique and lasting. By that definition, I have to go with Stephen Strasburg's MLB debut in June of 2010.
Though Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout game was the rarest individual feat in Nationals history, Strasburg's debut was in some ways the most unrepeateable. He was the most hyped pitching prospect in who knows how long, the game was on national television with a sold out crowd and he delivered with 14 strikeouts. I think it will be referenced more often than any other non-World Series moment in Nationals history for many years to come.
CHASE'S VOTE: Stephen Strasburg's 2010 MLB debut
WINNER: Stephen Strasburg's 2010 MLB debut, based on a 2-1 vote.
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