Strasburg the all-star, via Dibble and Dmitri Young
The Stephen Strasburg-for-all-star question keeps being raised across the country, and the answers are mixed. Dusty Baker and Joe Morgan both said no this week in interviews with FanHouse, with both arguing Strasburg doesn't have enough innings or results to make a case.
"How 'bout let's go with who deserves it?" Baker said. "Isn't that what the All-Star team is supposed to be about? I'm still an idealist."
Rob Dibble has gone in the other direction, writing on MASNSports.com that if you want to win the game -- and home-field advantage -- you have to select Strasburg.
(Note: The above video from Strasburg's first start has nothing to do with the All-Star game. Or Strasburg, really. But it does include Albert Haynesworth fat jokes. I give it an A++++.)
Those arguments met in radio magic on Tuesday, when Dibble interviewed Dmitri Young on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio. The first question concerned whether Strasburg deserved an all-star berth.
"No chance," Young said. "Reason being, he got called up in June. And granted, this kid is gonna be everything in this game, but there are guys that had to make rosters from Spring Training to finally get their chance and their opportunity. I feel that those guys would deserve it over the phenom. That's just my own opinion."
Jim Memolo then asked Young if he could find 10 better pitchers in the NL this season.
"That's another question." Dmitri replied. "That's a trick question right there. However, if I'm the manager, I would still look out for the guys that made it from day one out of Spring Training. I don't know if the commissioner's gonna step in or the union's gonna step in and make it any kind of issue, but me personally....I would not have Strasburg on the All-Star team."
And then Dibble brought the rhetoric. It was a winning moment.
"But here's the thing," he said. "The commissioner's already stepped in and added nine guys to the roster himself, so now there are 34 a side. You now have a permanent DH rule, you have a re-entry rule, and it's home-field advantage for the World Series. And you have one game to win. So I'll ask you the question again, would you put Strasburg on your team?"
"Tick, tock, tick, tock," Young said, while mulling the issue. "Yes, I would."
"See, that's the way i looked at it, Dmitri," the victorious Dibble said. "No, he doesn't merit the All-Star game, and [yes], the Strasburg mania is off the hook. But listen, pitching is a commodity and we need some good pitchers."
"Now I understand where you're coming from, if we're going from those merits," Young said. "But if we were going from the old format of the All-Star game, no."
And as long as we're quoting quotable people about Strasburg, here's what Ozzie Guillen said before Friday's game, via 106.7 The Fan. Guillen was asked whether he'd like to face Strasburg.
"I faced Clemens, bro," he said. "You know what I mean? I faced Clemens with his best stuff. I think this kid, there's no doubt, he's got one of the best stuff in the game right now. It's not a marketing thing. I watched a couple games, the guy was tough. I think he's got a chance to be a good one. It's one thing to me I think impressed [me] the most, is not the way he pitched, [it's] the way he's handled himself. With all this promotions and all this bullcrap around him. you know what I mean, handled himself very well, very professional."
And here's how Guillen judged Strasburg after he recorded the no-decision, via the Chicago Sun-Times:
'[Strasburg's] got good stuff,'' Guillen said. ''This kid knows how to pitch, and having 'Pudge' [catcher Ivan Rodriguez] behind the plate, that's a big help. After the first or second inning, he figured out we're pretty good. We can hit the fastball, and he stayed away from his fastball when it counted. He threw changeups to strike out guys. Pretty impressive.
''You don't see kids, no matter how good of stuff you have, to have that confidence on the mound. You don't find that everywhere. This is a pretty good one, but I think mine was better than him.''
Thing is, Ozzie, yours was pitching against the Nats.
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