Hall of Fame requests a piece of Stephen Strasburg's debut
In the wake of Stephen Strasburg's sparkling debut last night, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem asked the Nationals and Strasburg for an artifact from his 14-strikeout first major league start, according to Hall of Fame spokesperson Brad Horn.
The Nationals have not yet decided what they will send to Cooperstown, N.Y., the eventful past few days preventing the necessary team officials from meeting and making a choice. But there is a "strong possibility" they will send an item in the coming days, according to a team spokesman.
Before Strasburg's start, the Hall did not count on requesting anything from Strasburg's debut. But after Strasburg struck out 14 Pirates in seven innings, a small group at the Hall of Fame convened. Before the eighth inning ended, they decided they wanted to commemorate the start.
"We had no intention to simply request something from the start," Horn said. "The request was based not on hype, but on the debut."
The Hall submitted a request to Nationals baseball media relations director Jon Dever for "something tangible" from the start, Horn said -- a pair of spikes, a hat, etc.
The artifact from Strasburg's start would be displayed the Musuem's "Today's Game" exhibit, which features a locker full of game-used items from the past decade for each team. The Nationals' locker currently includes, among other items, the jersey Brad Wilkerson wore for the first hit Nationals history and a cap worn by Ryan Zimmerman on the night Nationals Park opened.
The Hall has requested several items this season from around the majors. They have the spikes Dallas Braden wore during his perfect game, the cap Roy Halladay wore for his perfecto, the bat Jason Kubel used to hit the first home run at Target Field, the cap Mike Leake wore in his major league debut, the cap Ubaldo Jimenez wore for his no-hitter and the batting gloves Jose Reyes wore in the 20-inning game between the Mets and Cardinals.
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