Archive for May 10th, 2009

Bo Jackson, Back In The Day

I wandered around YouTube for a few minutes tonight after finding the vids linked in the Strasburg post, and what should appear within a search for “minor league baseball” but a video of Bo Jackson as a Bus Leaguer.

It’s not the most exciting video ever (SPOILER: he draws a walk in the end.  Bo Knows the value of on-base percentage), but I felt compelled to post it because of the uniform.  How many times in life do you have a chance to see Bo Jackson wearing a shirt that says “Chicks” across the front?  I can’t be the only one who finds this awesome, can I?

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Something Tells Me We’ll Be Writing A Lot About Stephen Strasburg This Season

Ever since Jay Bruce* left the Bus Leagues for the glory of The Show, we have found ourselves without a focal point for our ramblings.  If you remember the early days of this blog, Bruce was the almost constant object of our baseball affections (sometimes, almost disturbingly so).  His departure left a void in our lives that we had been unable to fill.

Until now.

*I inexplicably found myself watching a Cardinals-Reds game while visiting my in-laws tonight.  The Deal homered before I turned it on, but later made a great catch in right field, reached on an error by Albert Pujols because he hustled all the way down the line, and stole a base.  Somehow, I resisted the urge to tell my father-in-laws friends, who are visiting from out of town, all about how Jay Bruce knows about my blog and thinks the nickname our readers gave him is great.  Also, I saw Colby Rasmus play for the first time.

Something tells me that regardless of how much time he spends in the minor leagues this year, Stephen Strasburg is poised to become the newest Bus Leagues man-crush.  He struck out 23 batters in a game last season.  He routinely breaks 100 on the radar gun.  He might already be in a Nationals uniform when I see them play the Orioles in late June (part of me hopes they draft him, sign him quick, and David Clyde him so I have a chance of seeing him in action.  This is the same part of me that hopes to one day win the lottery).  And now, he’s thrown a no-hitter.

Over 3,000 fans watched Strasburg dominate Air Force on Friday, striking out 17 to improve his record to 11-0 on the season.  He has struck out 164 batters in 87.1 innings.  If my math is right, almost 63% of the outs he has recorded have come by way of the strikeout.  So yeah, he is really, really good.

About that no-hitter:

“There’s a few pitches that I got away with that they fouled back that were kind of up and in the zone,” Strasburg said in an interview posted on the school’s Web site. “When it came crunch time and I needed a punchout or I needed to get a groundball, I was able to do that.”

Reading the first part of that quote, I can’t help but think of the scene in Bull Durham where Nuke, having finally put it all together, bounces into the dugout and seeks affirmation for his great inning.  No sooner are the words out of his mouth than Crash starts laying into him, telling him everything that had gone wrong, ending with the line, “In The Show they would’ve ripped you.”