Rob Dibble's Strasburg media criticism
Rob Dibble loves the media, usually thinks media members do an absolutely swell job covering baseball matters, and would have been either a newspaper writer or a classics professor had the relief pitching not worked out, but some of the Stephen Strasburg coverage got ol' Dibs a little riled up this week. Turns out someone asked a question he didn't appreciate on Sunday, and Dibble would like that unidentified media members to be cast to the Milton Bradleys of the world
"Some knucklehead asked him yesterday, 'Well, did you not want to have the mound fixed because somebody might think you think you're a hotshot young pitcher?' " Dibble said on Monday's Mike Wise Show. "And I was thinking, 'You know what? Why don't you just take that question and go ask Milton Bradley something.'
"This kid deserves better than that. He's not asking for all of this attention. He just wants to try to be the fifth starter on the Nationals team, and yet it's almost like the media doesn't know how to handle themselves around this kid....
"He just wants to be part of the ballclub. I think he's never gonna be. It's like LeBron James on the Cavaliers. He's always gonna be a little bit different, yet he's trying to act normal. It's everybody else around him that can't act normal."
Yeah. Freaks. Still, Dibble acknowledged that maybe there are some differences with this young man, saying the Nats could have taken him out early when he was struggling with the mound, in order to protect their investment.
"From a business standpoint, you get him out of the game just because it was a cruddy mound," Dibble said. "Hopefully the next time he throws, give both pitchers a better landing zone. I mean, I was worried about [David] Huff, I'm worried about Storen, I was worried about the other guys that came in for the Indians. They tried to make it seem like Stephen was more important than anybody else, and he just wanted everybody to know that listen, college has cruddy mounds, high school has bad mounds. You're in the big leagues, you should be able to have a nice mound to throw off."
Wise asked Dibble if he could throw as fast as Strasburg, and he said he "clocked up there in the 100s" during his prime, but that he couldn't maintain it past five innings the way Strasburg can. He also said he was "told to go out there and act like this is your last day on the planet, and play that way," which is why his velocity was always up there. And he didn't seem to have any patience for Indians fans who were not feeling Strasburg.
"Yeah, there are some Cleveland fans that probably went there just to say, 'Oh, there's no way he's that good,' " Dibble said. "And then there's other people that want him to fail. And then there's the good fans; they appreciate how talented this young man is."
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