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Stephen Strasburg will beat you and yell stuff at your fans

Jul 22, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

Stephen Strasburg beat the Reds last night to improve to 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts and Byron Kerr of notes that the 22-year-old rookie also fired back at some of the hecklers in Cincinnati as he walked off the mound:

All you need to know about the fire of the competitor that is Strasburg occurred when he was taken out of the game in the sixth. With the Nats up 7-3, a Reds fan behind the visitor’s dugout was giving it to Strasburg.

As he walked down the stairs to the dugout to high fives from his teammates, Strasburg yelled back “Scoreboard! Scoreboard!” and pointed to the video jumbo screen in left field that showed the Washington lead. Willie Harris said it pumped him up to hear Strasburg get after the fan and said “Let ’em have it, Stras!”

Early on there were some rumblings about Strasburg being too low key, so Nationals fans are probably glad to see him show a little personality even if “scoreboard!” isn’t exactly the most original comeback to taunts.

Oh, and in addition to the sparkling 2.32 ERA he also has a 75/15 K/BB ratio and .216 opponents’ batting average in 54.1 innings and has yet to allow more than three runs in a start.

  1. CJ - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    I knew he was young, come on? “Scoreboard” what, is he 12?

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    I love this guy. I’ve been pulled into the drama and i’m a afraid i’m a Strausburg groupie.

  3. Art Deco - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    It would have been even better if he yelled “We pwned you guys tonight”. Although if were an MLB pitcher and allowed Miguel Cairo to drive in 3 runs against me, I’d be a little more sheepish.

  4. Ditto65 - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    He shoulda been in the All-Star game!

  5. Benny Blanco - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Yeah, all 2-2 pitchers should have been…

  6. Sam Lee - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    That story reminds me of Michael Barrett. He pointed at the scoreboard to help Z out.
    I like it. I don’t think it shows immaturity. Maybe ignorance as there is always some dopey, fat loser who heckles all game long. Wish there was a picture of the guy. Its almost always good for a laugh.

  7. Ditto65 - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Plus – he had been in the league for an astounding 35 days before the All-Star game.

  8. zac - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    I actually think it’s a pretty decent comeback. It’s safe, keeps it about the game rather than getting personal, reflects that he cares about winning – good choice on his part, if you ask me.

  9. Joboo - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    When Milton Bradley gets after hecklers he’s mentally unbalanced. When Strasburg does it he’s a “fierce competitor.” And, no, it doesn’t matter that Bradley is actually unbalanced.
    I’m fully aware how badly you fantasy-leaguers are crushing on Strasburg, but responding to, or even acknowledging hecklers is immature… dare I say, bush-league? The phrase “Act like you’ve been there before” comes to mind. Hecklers are like any form of troll: they feed on reactions. It wouldn’t matter if Strasburg pulled out charts and graphs listing all the ways in which their heckles were factually inaccurate and proving beyond a reasonable doubt how much better of a person he was than them, the hecklers would still be high-fiving each other in the parking lot for getting under his skin and provoking a reaction.

  10. mrbennettar - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Not sure the comparison to Milton Bradley holds much water. I know that wasn’t the point of your comment, Joboo , but until Strasburg fires a water bottle into the crowd or shreds his knee in an argument with an umpire, it is probably safe to give Strasburg a little leeway. He’s young and was most likely still intense and focused as he walked from the mound. If he’s 10 years in and has a terrible history, then maybe we should question his behavior.

  11. adam - Jul 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Also, Joboo, Strasburg HASN’T been there before, so there’s that.

  12. Joboo - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    He’s getting paid like he has. He’s getting hyped like he has. Remember how this very blog advocated for his inclusion in the All-Star Game? He (or his agent) wanted the spotlight; can’t wilt under it and not expect some derision.

  13. Joboo - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Of course he deserves leeway. What he’s receiving, however, is unquestioning adulation. Can’t have both.

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