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The Strasburg haiku contest



See that image? That's how ABC 7 is promoting its Stephen Strasburg coverage. This, folks, is a thing happening here this week.

In that spirit, I've been asked to run the official Washington Post Strasku contest, in which you create haiku offerings about the arriving savior. First place gets the best bit of memorabilia I can muster on Tuesday night, which probably means a slightly wrinkled game-day program and Nats Park quote sheets, but who knows. Runners-up receive the maximum fame and admiration that anonymous Post commenters can provide.

To get you started, I present an example created by legendary Post sports blog commenter HaikuMan:

Strasburg to Natstown:
Forecast is hazy but Hot
Phenom weathers storm

And just so you're not afraid of embarrassing yourself, I went ahead and tried it myself.

Ask Nyjer Morgan
About his Spring impression.
"Jeee-eeeee-sus!" he'll say.

Ok, have at it. (Image via @xmasape.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 7, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
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Comments

So...why is ABC announcing Strasburg on Wednesday at 8? The "inauguration" would be on Tuesday at the game I would imagine. Hmm...

Posted by: svxcountry1 | June 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Sunshine on the Mall,
Phenom on the hill,
House and Senate still.
Strasburg.

Posted by: joe2chase | June 7, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

FYI, lots of tickets available on Stubhub for the game, and the prices have dropped significantly. Cheapest tix are now in $20's, and there are plenty in the 20-30 range available.

Posted by: futbolclif | June 7, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Nats' offense struggling
Bullpen suddenly messy
Welcome to the bigs!

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 7, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg fills the Park
Buses from Philly absent
No tasers needed

Posted by: wahoo2x | June 7, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg pitches well
McCutchen puts on a show
Clippard vultures win

Posted by: david_amazing | June 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg perfect game!
Wake up, Pirates win by ten.
It was just a dream..

Posted by: jdwood84 | June 7, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg Ain't Jesus,
But Performs First Miracle;
Filling all those Seats!

Posted by: Flattuca | June 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Jesus, it's jeeeezus!
At least, the baseball jeeezus
Resurrect the Nats

Posted by: --swb | June 7, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Bryce Harper Monday
Strasburg pitching Tuesday
Nats are compelling?

Posted by: svonberg | June 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

DC hope dwindles
Nats say Strasburg, yes he can!
Obama redux?

Posted by: jetaimelescaps | June 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Strasmas miracle!
Three hitter, let's go party!
Too bad. No bars here.

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | June 7, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What's a gyroball?
Today's hype will never fade!
Wait, look! Bryce Harper!

Respectfully submitted,

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

baseball jeezus starts
anacostia haze lifts
when will storen save?

Posted by: CKfromVAinGA | June 7, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Santa comes Tuesday
A Merry Strasmas to all
Pirate bats: good night

Posted by: alimohamadi | June 7, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Anticipation
Smacks the glove at 99
collective cheers erupt

Posted by: forty8taylor | June 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg throws the pill.
Opposing batters say no.
Time for a cold one.

Posted by: synchronicity12 | June 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Despite team's success,
They still won't let Teddy win.
Maybe on Strasmus!

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

75 and sunny
springtime comes back
Thy name is Jeezus.

(these all meet the 140 char limit for easy twittering...)

Posted by: katekirk | June 7, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

So, this Strasburg kid:
A hundred miles an hour.
Is he really good?

Posted by: itscarneg | June 7, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

nationals hopes rise
almost as high as ticket costs
but i'm with coco

Posted by: mrlogical | June 7, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Hype unbearable,
Strasburg must be Cal Ripken
and Gibbs to succeed

Posted by: gken69 | June 7, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse


It didn't take long
to make it into the bigs!
Strasburg's just that good!


(an aside:

Best contest ever!
I wonder if Strasburg can
come up with one, too?)

Posted by: wlawson1 | June 7, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The savior's risen
Like many blazing fastballs
He'll be throwing soon

Posted by: msarzo73 | June 7, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

McDonald, Taylor,
Anderson, Bullington, Bush.
Nothing's guaranteed.

Posted by: StudentofTheGame | June 7, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Exits mid-inning.
This time Strasburg tips his cap.
Deafening applause!

Posted by: jdwood84 | June 7, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Thousands of Nats fans
Are hoping beyond hope that
He's not Kwame Brown

Posted by: flipper5000 | June 7, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg is "Jesus"
Expectation is too high?
Storen truly saves

(Sorry if that is too downbeat. Meant to be praising of Storen too)


Mashiach* has come
Chabad is set at the gates
3rd Temple=D.C.

(*Mashiach is the Hebrew word for "Messiah")

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Nats in losing streak
Call the savior from the farm
Strasburg saves the day

Posted by: akchild | June 7, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

His stuff is filthy
Just our luck, lots of checked swings
Save us Bryce Harper!

Posted by: mgv4232 | June 7, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Will crush humans like Drago
Whenever Stras pitch, we destroy
Throw the damn towel

Posted by: fushezzi | June 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Crazy city gets
Strasburg debut with Team Coco
Gets monkey off back

Posted by: Cubs08 | June 7, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Natstown to Strastown
Presidents run round and round
Rejoice with half smoke

Posted by: djneltz | June 7, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg the savior
Bryce Harper the next Babe Ruth
Many wins to come!

Posted by: amorris525 | June 7, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Once won blog contest
Canfora make big promise
Still waiting for prize

Waited all my life
To meet our lord and savior
Hello Stephen Strasburg

They call him Jesus
Real name is Stephen Stasburg
D.C sports savior

Put Jesus in coach
He's ready to play, today
WJ would be proud

His nickname Jesus
New star to replace Greivis
End rhyme with Beavis

Posted by: Barno1 | June 7, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Better than his arm
Strasburg in the batters box
NL pitchers hit

Posted by: joejohn | June 7, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the young guns.
Strasburg leads charge to playoffs.
Nats fans cheer at last!

Posted by: jdwood84 | June 7, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Nats will beat the Phils
By throwing a Strasburg and
Harper battery

Posted by: PSUBecket | June 7, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Breathlessly we await
an arm poised to lift a town
above five hundred.

Posted by: rowjimmy1 | June 7, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Lifetime losing record
Comes one pitcher called Strasburg
Teddy finally wins!

Posted by: katekirk | June 7, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm still an O's fan
We sucked almost bad enough
So close yet so far

Posted by: jonasc311 | June 7, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Excitement is high
The budding phenom in bloom
Kwame Brown re-run

Posted by: wvmountaineer | June 7, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg dominates.
Optimism in D.C.?
A new, strange feeling.

Posted by: jdwood84 | June 7, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The "Big Train" Reborn?
A link to our Baseball past
Steve leads us forward.

Posted by: Flattuca | June 7, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hate having to share
Normally empty section
With Strasburg poseurs

Posted by: hohandy | June 7, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

First day of Strasmas
It's a holiday for all
No more pretending

Posted by: redskinsfreak | June 7, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Woosh goes the fastball
Wiff of swinging air
No hits tonight


Swinging for a homer
Thump of leather glove
Strike 3 your out

Ben is making chili
Wapo making news
Stras is making strikes

Posted by: ajb1094 | June 7, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Hell freezes over.
Strasburg? No. Wilbon shows up
at Nationals Park.

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Tuesday night baseball?
If Kornheiser stays up late
That's a miracle

Posted by: olsonchr | June 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Nats on center stage
Strasburg Harper mania
Give Rizzo the praise

Posted by: ryaneades | June 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg makes first start
Here comes the very first pitch
McCutchen home run

Posted by: Cperry9293 | June 7, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

three big league pitches
fastball cuts, slider and change
president strasburg

Posted by: elmatematico | June 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg on his way
Hoping for a winning day
Victory in sight

Posted by: capsfan772 | June 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Starry-eyed dreamers
Focus all hope on Strasburg.
Hold breath for first pitch.

Posted by: surlygrrl | June 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hohandy gets my vote. :-)

---

Hate having to share
Normally empty section
With Strasburg poseurs

Posted by: hohandy | June 7, 2010 12:23 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Major league debut
Comes against Pittsburgh Pirates
A minor league team

Posted by: DanielVictor | June 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

In the Throes of Strasburg
In the Throws of Strasburg
There is Excellence

Posted by: shershon1 | June 7, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg in D.C.
Homeplate Security head
Country safer now

Posted by: dianagram | June 7, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg blows in town
The wind in DC has changed
I feel wins coming

Posted by: LoudounSuburbanite | June 7, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Up from the minor
league, Jeeeeeezus ninja Strasburg
defeats the Pirates.

Posted by: ykbluedevil | June 7, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Dear rookie phenom,
Please don't blow out your elbow
til after Tuesday!

Posted by: Rockvillain1 | June 7, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Have care, as this sends
Craig Stammen to Syracuse.
Never to return?

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

You think this is hype?
See real adulation when
Chien-Ming Wang pitches.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Strasmas Eve is here!
Nats pick one early present.
Let's hope it's Harper.

Posted by: jmorrisa | June 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Who are these people?
There are lines for the bathroom!
Strasburg makes you pee?

Shad from DC (aka Fish Stick)

Posted by: weaseltron | June 7, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

and he can hit, too
led Nationals minor leagues
hitting .400

Posted by: ADCWonk | June 7, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg dealing heat
Tossed for ump-arguing
That's enough Joe West

Post skepticism:
Strasburg is the new Adu
Kornheiser- wink wink?


Born in a manger
Three wise men: Clip, Store & Save
D.C. Sports Savior

Hondo, Josh, Big Train
What, no Strasburg statue yet?
Get the bronze ready

Strasburg gets the win!
Will he do the John Wall Dance?
Only time will tell


Nationals pitchers:
Clip, Store & Save- all the rave
Oh, Stras is the boss

Posted by: StabbeDabbe | June 7, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Major League Debut
For Strasburg is postponed till
The Pirates leave town

Posted by: lkreger | June 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Missed most of the hype:
My partner still just calls him
"That new pitcher guy."

Posted by: arc410 | June 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let’s go Nationals
Welcome mat for Strasburg's bat
Teddy might just win

Posted by: capsfan772 | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The savior has come.
Blasphemy is forgiven.
The savior has come.

Posted by: wbbradb | June 7, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Nats town is abuzz
O's town can only wonder
where is our savior

Posted by: pfreeman67 | June 7, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Pitts-? or Johannes-?
No. It's Stras-burg...yes, Strasburg
And then the "b" word.

Posted by: waldripm | June 7, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg gets the start
Prayers for a perfect game
Wait, will Joyce be there?

Posted by: tjmayotte | June 7, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Watch out Dan Snyder;
We might have the makings of
A real baseball town.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Save all your haikus,
Redundant Strasburgisms
No one scrolls this far.

Posted by: mgv4232 | June 7, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, just in case you're curious, we're actually reading all of these. I've left the Washington Post social interaction team in charge of choosing the winner(s), but these are definitely being read. And good stuff, all around.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | June 7, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg starts, O's stink
Angelos digs his own grave
Jumps, then rolls in it.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course, I meant:


Strasburg starts, O's stink
Angelos digs his own grave
Jumps, then spins in it.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg is in town
Teddy will not win the race
The Nats with the W.

Posted by: irishguy317 | June 7, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg is in town
Teddy will not win the race
The Nats with the W.

Posted by: irishguy317 | June 7, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas tries
to make amends for comments:
Observes Strassover

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | June 7, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Stras' pitches so fast
Basic haiku won't suffice
Sixth syllable added.

Posted by: jmorrisa | June 7, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Washington DC
Awestruck by blazing fastballs
San Diego's Ace

Posted by: nattydread1 | June 7, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse


Thread brings tear to eye
Haikus and baseball as one
Strasburg is a God

Posted by: HaikuMan | June 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse


Stasmas, Strasover
And Strasmadon miracles
World peace in his wake

Posted by: HaikuMan | June 7, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Curveball dives like bird
snatching fish from the dirty
Anacostia

Posted by: jmorrisa | June 7, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Nats fans all wonder:
What Would Baseball Jeesus Do?
drill Lastings Milledge.

Posted by: paj133 | June 7, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Of course, I meant:


Strasburg starts, O's stink
Angelos digs his own grave
Jumps, then spins in it.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 7, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg packs the seats
So many people come watch
Sit down, I'm too short!

Posted by: tehbee | June 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Forecast for Tuesday
calls for nothing but sunshine
at Nationals Park

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 7, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

My season tickets
Will not return like magic
When Strasburg comes in.

Posted by: elasticsynapse | June 7, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Bacsik, Drese, Speigner
Patterson, Simontacchi,
The nightmare's over

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 7, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

No more street parking,
or moving down unchallenged.
Totally worth it.

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 7, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

At last, it is here,
Bringing madness and high heat:
Strasburg's Summer.

* * *
[technically speaking a "strict" haiku requires a reference to the seasons. If we widen the strike zone, as Joe West might, I can get a few breaking haiku out over the outside corners of the plate]:

* * *

Stephen Strasburg throws
So fast he might catch up to
Johnson, the Big Train.

* * *

Let Baseball Jesus
Save those poor souls abandoned
By Angelos' spite.

* * *

'Tis the season to
Enjoy high heat, killer curves,
And Strasburg's Advent.

* * *

Now, O Lord, You may
Dismiss Your servant in peace:
Strasburg is pitching.

[cf. Luke 2:29-32, the Song of Simeon. "Now, O Lord, You may dismiss Your servant in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation."]

* * *

On the Seventh Day
God rested, but every fifth
Day, Strasburg starts.

* * *

Will he be Perfect?
Strasburg's stuff is good enough,
But some umps will err.

* * *

Strasburg winds, deals--CRACK!
That was no swing, but one heck
Of a sonic boom.

* * *

What did you go out
To see? A rookie's debut?
No, the Nats' savior.

[cf. Luke 7:26]

Posted by: ouij | June 8, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

First pitch. Flashbulbs pop.
All eyes turn to the scoreboard.
How many miles per hour?

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 8, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

George, Tom, Abe, Teddy
No longer the main event
when Strasburg pitches

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | June 8, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I know it's not haiku, but since I'm back to versifying on the Bog after a long, law-school induced absence, I can't help myself. Here's a villanelle:

* * *
O! Stephen Strasburg starts today!
Let all of Washington delight!
For sure the Nats will find their way.

Now joyous throngs will see them play
At Half Street on this summer night
For Stephen Strasburg starts today!

Through all of April and of May
The Nats were doomed to scratch and fight--
For sure the Nats will find a way

To win! For when opponents say,
In voices quavering with fright
That "Stephen Strasburg starts today!"--

Their batting skill will fade away--
Their dugout will give up the fight.
Thus will the Nats have found their way.

So go to Half Street, don't delay,
And marvel at a stunning sight:
Our Stephen Strasburg starts today--
For sure the Nats have found their way.


Posted by: ouij | June 8, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Decades in exile
Four years as a laughing stock
One night - a rebirth?

Posted by: NATurallyYours | June 8, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Who is this Strasburg?
Does anyone really care?
I, for one, do not.

In what kind of world
Can a man play a childs game
And be paid millions?

Posted by: WilyArmadilla | June 8, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

No offense, but it's things like this (haiku contest) that make DC such a lame sports town. Never see something so corny in NY, Boston, Chicago or other good baseball (or sports) city.

Posted by: JG55 | June 8, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

No offense, but it's things like this (haiku contest) that make DC such a lame sports town. Never see something so corny in NY, Boston, Chicago or other good baseball (or sports) city.

Posted by: JG55 | June 8, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

hollywood for nerds?
no longer. got real juice now:
in a word, Strasburg.

Posted by: pxw22 | June 8, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

(Actually, JG55, the Boston Globe ran a haiku contest when Daisuke Matsuzaka made his major league debut. So there's that.)

Posted by: Rockvillain1 | June 8, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

the WaPo social
interaction team is awe-
some. pick me! (strasburg).

Posted by: pxw22 | June 8, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"Actually, JG55, the Boston Globe ran a haiku contest when Daisuke Matsuzaka made his major league debut. So there's that.)"

I stand corrected. I'm a Yankee fan, so it doesn't surprise me that Boston is lame too.

Posted by: JG55 | June 8, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Heard an old guy say
best arm since Shiva
Bullpen planning vacation

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | June 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Hype machine raging
Hope he can weather the storm
Only time will tell

Posted by: Sojouner | June 8, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hype machine raging
Hope he can weather the storm
Only time will tell

Posted by: Sojouner | June 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Phenom needs nickname
Trains worked for Johnson, Ryan
Double-S Express?

Posted by: AntonSirius | June 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

SS throws lightning
Pirate knees buckle and quake
Cleveland waits its turn

Posted by: Jackmathias | June 8, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Get Fuzzy's "Steve" thinks
Strasburg's power is genius.
Kitty ain't psychic.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 8, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Batters see just blurs
With Strasburg atop the mound
Welcome, summer boy

Posted by: diana_prince | June 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Intended to send these yesterday, on Strasmas eve...

No less excited,
Knowing what’s under the tree.
Merry Strasmas eve.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

DC gets Harper
On the last day of Strasmas.
Next year, ask for wins.

Posted by: wheresgibbs | June 8, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Phenom's June debut
Coincides with Celtics game
No Nats game for me!

Posted by: markf40 | June 8, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg toes the line,
crowd abuzz, stands packed, new day.
Teddy is ready.


Strasburg; young, hopeful.
Wins he will bring; rejoice town.
Have cake, eat it too?

Posted by: wheresgibbs | June 8, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

dude admits to being a Yankee fan and call us lame? LOL

Posted by: hohandy | June 8, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Peter Angelos
Wrong year to be the worst team
It must be karma

Posted by: ADCWonk | June 8, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ghosts of Senators,
Gather this eve on South Cap.
Big Train sheds a tear.

The outlook was great,
For the Swampville nine that day.
Stras was on the mound.

Will Dan Snyder try,
To steal Nats thunder this eve?
Oh, my poor Redskins.


Posted by: DCBlue1 | June 8, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Wash. & Hub unite
To conquer Evil Empire
Out with thee, JG!

Posted by: markf40 | June 8, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Dark clouds gone away
Strasburg's heat warms up our souls
Sun breaks through the clouds

Posted by: lluebbert | June 8, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Only 21
Pressure to save a whole team
Rehab by next year?

Posted by: rlblists | June 8, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

In mitt before swing
One hundred on the gun
The Beast of the East

Posted by: lluebbert | June 8, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hillbilly haiku 6.8.10 Time begins again edition

wondrous winged creature
descends on garden's hilltop
And the first pitch is.....

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | June 8, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

phenom on the hill
slugger waiting in the wings
hope springs eternal

Posted by: pxw22 | June 8, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Sweet Caroline?, no
The sweetest baseball music
Strasburg popping mitts

Posted by: steveboyington | June 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Unhittable slurve,
Two fastballs, change - plus pitches.
Strasburg is complete.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | June 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

JG55, we post haiku all the time on Boston.com's game recap articles. Sorry you're not man enough to appreciate it. Not surprising from an Evils fan.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | June 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey you, knucklehead
Yanks fan: don't hate us Nats fans
For being clever.

Baseball poetry
Proves Nats fans are devoted
And classy to boot.


Posted by: ouij | June 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

First pick, Lot of Hype
Who will buckle? Strasburg or
Pirates' knees on Curve

Posted by: espNats | June 8, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Surrounded by hype.
Can Strasburg bring home the goods?
Don't ask Steve Phillips.

Posted by: jdwood84 | June 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If Strasburg threw and
Harper hit balls at the Dome,
which would get there first?

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

blazing fastballs fly
Strasburg on the rubber now
Nats to .500?

Posted by: whitmike1874 | June 8, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg is real good,
there's no doubt. But let's be fair:
*I* could have picked him.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 8, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

District sports delight
Strasburg BP to Dunn please
Natinals no more

Posted by: djneltz | June 8, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Post.com misspells his name on the front page.
http://twitpic.com/1v2e3k

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | June 8, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

O' volatile fate!
D.C. beckons: "what's in store
for this bright craftsman?"

Posted by: bigtriumverate | June 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Jordan Zimmermann,
come Wednesday, will change his name
to Jordan Strasburgg

Posted by: softballgirl | June 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Odalis Perez,
Ryan Drese, Tony Armas,
Pedro Astacio...who?

Posted by: softballgirl | June 8, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

New face on mount rush?
No, not Obama or bush
Saint Strasburg, that’s who.

Posted by: foxmccloud2 | June 8, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Statosphere Strasburg
Strides to the mound. Whap! Strike 3!
Stadium erupts!

Posted by: dannykurland1 | June 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Will Walter Johnson
Be quickly supplanted?
Only time will tell.

Posted by: GoGoSox | June 8, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Phils, Mets, Yanks be damned
Now, the real Joe Hardy lives
His name is Strasburg

Posted by: centerstage98 | June 8, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Great Expectations.
Havisham-mockery or
Pitched like the dickens.

Shad from DC (aka Fish Stick)

Posted by: weaseltron | June 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

A correction to my previous post:

Will Walter Johnson
Soon be quickly supplanted?
Only time will tell.

Posted by: GoGoSox | June 8, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

First win in the books!
14 Ks for the Pirates,
who should have stayed home.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 8, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

a haiku contest
with no winner? i wanted
memorabil ya.

Posted by: pxw22 | June 9, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

K K K K K

K K K K K K K

K K. Kid throws strikes.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 9, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Show
Facing hitters in the Bigs?
Fourteen Pirates fanned.

Posted by: mythra | June 9, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

For a year it was:
Strasburg this and Strasburg that.
But it was worth it.

Posted by: bugeye1 | June 9, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Hillbilly haiku 6.9.10 Ridiculously Overpowering Stuff edition

The eagle takes flight
and soars majestically
Conquering Hero

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | June 9, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

God has sent His son.
Hurling his seed to'rds Earth
via breaking ball.

Posted by: jmorrisa | June 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Awaken Mudville
Your long misery is gone
Strasburg strikes 'em out!

Posted by: InTheMiddle | June 9, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

From bullpen he walks,
and with his right arm he talks,
Legend come to life

Posted by: HillResident116 | June 9, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Johnson not McClain
Steven is no one's Denny
31 wins -- yes!

Posted by: InTheMiddle | June 9, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Young, Koufax, Gibson
Mad Dog, Rocket and Johnson
Strasburg in the class

Posted by: InTheMiddle | June 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Young, Koufax, Gibson
Mad Dog, Rocket, Johnson
Strasburg in the class

Posted by: InTheMiddle | June 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh, circle changeup
Will make fools in the summer
As the Nats future is now

Posted by: jon_malley | June 9, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, circle changeup
Will make fools in the summer
As a star is born

Posted by: jon_malley | June 9, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Nat fans triumphant
This O's fan's melancholy:
Peter Angelos

Posted by: ACounter | June 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Pirates wave their bats
and ponder the dugout floor;
Were physics defied?

Posted by: smyles | June 9, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Imagine that, a Yankee fan who thinks everyone else is lame. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Jackmathias | June 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We've waited so long,
Patient and loyal. Now we shout,
"Strasburg in da house!"

Posted by: kbockl | June 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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