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Storen calls Strasburg's stuff "unfair"


Storen and Strasburg (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


Whenever Stephen Strasburg gets around to writing his memoirs, he should totally collaborate with Drew Storen. The reliever has been linked with Strasburg since the two were drafted, and has always been the chattier of the two. Strasburg is getting better at talking about himself, but Storen is still the best at it, and he seems to enjoy constantly being asked about someone else.

Storen was on 106.7 The Fan with Chris Russell and Grant Paulsen not long after Strasburg's most recent start, and he can rave with the best of 'em.

"It's really unfair," Storen said, asked how other pitchers see Strasburg. "That's really kind of the main thing that we talk about. Obviously I was fortunate enough to see him throw in Harrisburg, but what he's doing here is a completely different level. He's really elevated his game, and that's what's scary. Because in Harrisburg, any guy would take half of what he was throwing out there. But now, he's facing new hitters, new situations, and all of the sudden he's elevating his game.

"So that's what's gonna be scary when he does make that D.C. debut; he's probably gonna elevate his game again," Storen continued. "I mean, it's kind of like when you see LeBron do something. You're just kind of like, well, that's LeBron. You just kind of laugh it off. I guess in the bullpen, we're kind of past the shock factor of how'd he do that? You're just kind of like, Oh, that's nice, I'd take half of that. That's kind of the way we look at it."

LeBron, huh. So is Strasburg spoiling us thus far?

"It's LeBron like," Wilbon said on PTI this week. "There's every reason, from what you've seen, to anticipate exactly what Curt Schilling said."

Back to Storen. Russell asked about Strasburg's curve, and whether it has a nickname yet. And this led to more unfair talk.

"We pretty much refer to his whole arsenal as unfair," Storen said. "The fact that he sits upper 90s and will pitch with that is remarkable in itself, and then all of the sudden he's throwing a plus-plus curveball in the zone, out of the zone for swing-and-misses. A lot of people don't talk about his changeup, and seeing that first hand, I would say that's as good or better than his curveball. That's a big equalizer for lefties.

"It's amazing that he can use that changeup so much better at this level. At the Double-A level, he was throwing that changeup so hard that it was actually running into some guys' bats, and so he didn't really use it as much as he does here. Well here, when he's cranking it up, 97, 98, he's throwing a changeup at 88 89, and a lot of the guys in the bullpen are going, 'Huh, that's my fastball right there.' "

Turns out Syracuse manager Trent Jewett was also on the radio this week -- in his case on Sirius XM's MLB Network -- talking about that changeup.

"Boy, for a 21-year old power arm to have the understanding, the feel and the quality changeup that he has, it's just unheard of," Jewett said. "I mean, it has split action at the plate, it's 88 to 90 miles an hour, which normally sounds too firm, but coming off a 97, 98 mile-an-hour fastball....I mean, this changeup is one you just don't see very often."

Speaking of not seeing things very often, who knows how many more starts Strasburg will make in Syracuse. Not too many. Which is why one business-oriented soul is trying to sell two tickets for his next home start for $180. Guaranteed refund if he doesn't actually pitch. If that doesn't work, you could go ahead and get the $6.50 tickets for his actual next start at Rochester.

Also, if you like Strasburg stuff, check out The Post's new Strasburg page. Supposedly it will contain every mention of him that appears on our Web site.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 14, 2010; 4:11 PM ET
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Comments

That's all well and good, but what does Storen think of Strasburg's [slang for breasts, rhymes with Ritz]?

Posted by: wahoo2x | May 14, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"It's LeBron like," Wilbon said on PTI this week. "There's every reason, from what you've seen, to anticipate exactly what Curt Schilling said."

I hope that when that d-bag Wilbon finally deigns to show his fat a** at Nationals Park for the first time ever in order to see Strasburg in person that he (a) gets lost on his way there, is unable to find a parking place for his land yacht and is forced to drive all the way back home and take Metro to the game, (b) gets stuck behind Thom Loverro in line at the press room buffet and thus gets nothing to eat, and (c) gets assigned to sit in that obstructed-view seat in the press box next to an intern who has been sleeping in the dugout to save money, not showering and eating Ben's Chili Bowl 3x a day since the day Strasburg was drafted. It would serve him right.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Agreed so lets keep him in AAA for a few more starts to continue getting him prepared for the majors

He WILL get hit around in his next few starts and I think it would be better having that happen in the minors

Posted by: Bious | May 14, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"It's LeBron like," Wilbon said on PTI this week. "There's every reason, from what you've seen, to anticipate exactly what Curt Schilling said."

Tony K this week quoting Mike Wilbon's earlier column: "No way in the world I'd have taken Stephen Stasburg with the number 1 pick"

Wilbon's immediate response: "There was a context and I knew you wouldn't provide that. I said if the Nationals are not gonna get this kid signed, there was drama about whether they'd even get him signed [then I wouldn't have drafted him]"

This is a blatant bald-faced lie. The context in Wilbon's column had nothing to do with whether or not they'd sign him. (There is only a passing reference to the Nats not being able to sign their previous number 1 pick, buried in the 15th paragraph.) The context was actually this: "Strasburg isn't any different from any of the other 13 pitchers selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft since 1973, none of whom ever won a Cy Young Award or anchored a staff for six or eight years."

It's beyond clear Wilbon cannot ever under any circumstances admit when he is wrong. And instead of admitting the obvious here, he'd like us to believe he didn't even say the things he did about drafting Strasburg number 1 overall. Go back and read the column on this:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/10/AR2009061003650_pf.html

Posted by: Barno1 | May 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Was listening to Sports Reporters and found out that Storen is supposed to be the son of some radio guy in the Midwest with the last name of Patrick. Any stories backing this up? Seems like the kind of human interest thing that the Bog would eat up.

Posted by: souldrummer | May 14, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Found the link on Storen and his parents. Mentioned a little bit in a story after his successful first year campaign. http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2009/12/washington_nationals_prospect.html

Posted by: souldrummer | May 14, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The Nats seem to have collected a lot of young players with German last names: Zimmerman (and the other Zimmermann), Storen, Strasburg.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 15, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"Tony K this week quoting Mike Wilbon's earlier column: "No way in the world I'd have taken Stephen Stasburg with the number 1 pick"

Wilbon's immediate response: "There was a context and I knew you wouldn't provide that. I said if the Nationals are not gonna get this kid signed, there was drama about whether they'd even get him signed [then I wouldn't have drafted him]"

This is a blatant bald-faced lie. The context in Wilbon's column had nothing to do with whether or not they'd sign him. (There is only a passing reference to the Nats not being able to sign their previous number 1 pick, buried in the 15th paragraph.) The context was actually this: "Strasburg isn't any different from any of the other 13 pitchers selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft since 1973, none of whom ever won a Cy Young Award or anchored a staff for six or eight years.'"

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Wilbon also quick to judge Sean Taylor's death was his own fault resulting from his "thug lifestyle." After the truth was revealed that it was a bunch of kids trying to be gangster and had nothing to do with Taylor's past incidents or lifestyle, he never had the stones to apologize not admit he was wrong. Wilbon is a fat a-hole who wore out his welcome in this town long ago. I would say he should just move to Bristol but it seems he is too lazy to even leave his living room in AZ.

Posted by: mojo975 | May 15, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Exhibit A: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/27/AR2007112702680.html

Its not like Wilbon was trying to imply anything...

Posted by: mojo975 | May 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

mojo975, that column remains one of the most despicable, inexcusable, disgraceful columns ever to appear in the Washington Post. Wilbon took a lot of heat for it, but under no circumstances did he ever come out and say "I'm sorry, I was wrong."

He is a joke.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 15, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wilbon on how Sean Taylor had it coming:

"Taylor grew up in a violent world, embraced it, claimed it, loved to run in it and refused to divorce himself from it. He ain’t the first and won’t be the last. We have no idea what happened, or if what we know now will be revised later. It’s sad, yes, but hardly surprising."

Posted by: Barno1 | May 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

How bout this little nugget in today's column from that bastion of journalistic objectivity, Chicago-native Mike Wilbon:

"If LeBron is realistic about having a serious chance to win a championship next season, he'll go to Chicago, plain and simple."

LOL

Posted by: Barno1 | May 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Some serious Wilbon hate going on here. Every topic seems to invariably get to something like "Oh yeah, that reminds me of another reason why I hate Wilbon."

A little obsessed, possibly?

Get a life, guys.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | May 17, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

At this point there's little point in listening to Wilbon or Kornheiser (or for that matter folks like Paige or Mariotti). They've all become the "Sports Shouters" that 30 Rock so effortlessly lamopooned. If I want sports news with snark now I just check Deadspin.

Posted by: M__N | May 17, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Little girls

A real man doesn't go downstairs to check things out with knife and leave his SO and kid alone. Sean Taylor was a punk. He let his ego get the best of him and paid the ultimate price. Stay with family call 911.
And even if he had handgun, shotgun or rifle the correct move is to protect the family first forget your stuff. If you go searching for the perps they may jump your ass and then go after your SO etc. Not bright.

He died when his house was broken into the second time. What kind of man puts his family in that kind of situation when he afford to quarantee their safety. A punk and a thug does. And his father was a cop and he had the income to prevent it. Thinking with your smaller brain served Taylor real weel. It killed him.

And girls lay off Wilbon. He is one of the top three sports columnist in the country and more of a man than you two little girls.

Posted by: sheepherder | May 17, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Sheepherder, if you ever made those gutless comments publicly in front of "real men" in DC, you'd be knocked out so fast you wouldn't know what hit you. Way to be a tough guy though on the faceless internet and make those insanely ignorant comments anonymously. I feel sorry for your parents, they clearly didn't raise you right.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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