Could Strasburg, Va. become "Stephen Strasburg?"
Wags have been linking the Shenandoah Valley town of Strasburg, Va. with the Nats' prospect of the same name for about a year now. Seems the link might get a bit more concrete, as the town is now floating the possibility of (temporarily) changing its name to "Stephen Strasburg."
The 6,200-person town, maybe 90 minutes west of D.C., already plans to honor the pitcher with a "Pride of Strasburg" award. If he deigns to actually visit, the town apparently has pledged to add a "Stephen" to its name, at which time "the newly named town would welcome Stephen into town on the back of a firetruck and honor him with a welcoming parade and police escort," according to the conspirators' Web site. Also, the Little League team would become the "Stephen Strasburgs."
Now, does the name change back if Strasburg bombs, or leaves for the Yankees before the end of the decade? Is he required to make an annual visit to maintain this status? Will Harper's Ferry soon become Bryce Harper's Ferry? These are all questions I plan to ask Strasburg's mayor, who apparently is actually fielding calls on the matter.
(Note: If this is a giant hoax, I do apologize, but an actual town council member, Justin Ritenour, is quoted on the site.)
UPDATE: J. Freedom du Lac talked to the mayor, who says they'd only change the town's name for a week. Not permanently. But still.
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