Dunn on Strasburg: "This dude's not like everyone else"
Adam Dunn went on the Dan Patrick Show last week to discuss, among other things, Stephen Strasburg. He was slightly complimentary.
"I mean, I wanted to see him first-hand, and when I saw him pitch for the first time...You get a lot of guys with a lot of hype. You know how it is. But he's not one of 'em, that's for sure."
So Patrick asked Dunn what made Strasburg different.
"For one thing, he's really, really good. You know, a lot of times you hear about these guys that are supposed to be the next so and so, and it turns out they're just like everyone else. But this dude's not like everyone else. He's pretty special."
Patrick also asked Dunn if he'd like to face Strasburg, for the challenge of it.
"Absolutely not," Dunn said. "I'd rather see a whole lot of other people than him. I mean, he's good. He's really good, man. I'm done with challenging myself, man. I want it to be as easy as possible."
And Patrick asked Dunn if he'd be asking for an autograph.
"Absolutely not," Dunn said. "I never got into that kind of stuff. It's not that I'm too cool, I just never been into it. I will not, personally. I'm sure I will get a ton of requests, that I will respectfully decline to do."
And when asked about Strasburg's batting song, Dunn promised to "come up with one. Maybe Barbie Girl." (He also said Tyler Clippard's choice of Peaches was the worst in the majors, calling it "awful....awful."
Elsewhere Today in Strasburg....
* MASN has doubled its ad rates for Tuesday night compared to a normal game, via Washington Business Journal:
MASN is expanding its postgame show from a half-hour to a full hour on Tuesday for its local-market coverage of Strasburg's debut. Ad inventory for the broadcast is fully sold out, with rates doubling typical Nationals games, and network officials expect further spikes in ad sales as the season progresses. "Demand has pushed up across the board," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. "We're seeing big increases everywhere."
The story also says the team will be bringing in additional Strasburg inventory for the merchandise stands on Tuesday.
* Politico is getting into the act, with a long Strasburg story, quoting Walter Johnson's daughter Carolyn Thomas:
"I do think he's got a good motion, and I think he's probably going to be successful," she said as she prepared to watch Strasburg's last minor league game on TV last week from her home in Washington. "He sounds like a nice kid, he sounds like he's level-headed, and I do think he's got great talent."
The paper also reports that "Many of the kids who grew up memorizing batting averages from the backs of wax-pack baseball cards or scanned the box scores in the newspaper turned into the adults who track precinct-level election data and look far inside the numbers of political polls." Explains something.
* Nationals Enquirer provides the best Night Before Strasmas poem I've ever read.
* Or, at least, the second-best. Here's another version, from We Love D.C.
* SI's Tom Verducci writes that Strasburg and Bryce Harper are "the most-hyped players in the 45-year history of the [MLB] selection process."
* Secaucus turns out to be the place that rescued D.C. sports, via William World News:
The town in North Jersey, surrounded by a moat of New Jersey Turnpike wyes, was once home to numerous pig farms and their...aroma. Today, Secaucus is home to MLB Network and NBA TV studios. Tonight, the Nats will make their #1 pick there, just as they did for Strasburg 363 days earlier. The Wiz won the lottery there and will probably pick Wall there later in the month.
* The Syracuse City Eagle likes calling Strasburg "The California Cannon."
* And Nats Insider reports that Nikco Sports is offering framed Strasburg photos with "a small amount of actual dirt taken off the Nationals Park mound at some point [Tuesday]."
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