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Stephen Strasburg, Nationals donate ball, cap to Hall of Fame

As Stephen Strasburg taped an apperance on "Late Show with David Letterman," the Nationals and Strasburg announced today they will donate his game-worn cap and a game ball to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Strasburg, in the wake of his 14-strikeout performance Tuesday, has also added a pair of future national television dates to his schedule. TBS will broadcast the Nationals game Sunday at Cleveland, and MLB Network will air the Nationals game against the White Sox on June 18, when Strasburg is also scheduled to start.

Officials at the Hall of Fame convened during the eighth inning of the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night and decided to request an artifact from Strasburg's start. They had not planned on asking for anything, according to a spokesman, but the historic nature of Strasburg's performance -- not the hype -- spurred them to act, spokesman Brad Horn said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 10, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
 
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Question, since the game will be on TBS, will we still be able to watch it on DC20? I'm DVRing it so want to make sure I don't record the blacked out channel. Thanks

Posted by: Bugsy79 | June 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Better not dvr DC20. It's on Channel 50.

Posted by: mojo6 | June 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

HOF folks convened during the eighth inning when they realized the historic nature of the game? So what do they do, shine a beam of light into the night sky calling them to their super-secret lair under the HOF to make this decision? It sounds sort of cloak-and-dagger.

Posted by: RJD1 | June 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

By the way, it is astounding when the Phillies and Red Sox get bumped for Nats/Indians. Phillie fans everywhere must be spewing. Hopefully nowhere near cops. Or their kids.

Posted by: mojo6 | June 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Unless the way TV has worked forever (well since the rise of cable) has changed the game will be blacked out on TBS but on Ch. 50 here (or MASN/MASN2). The only exception is the game on the 19th which will only be one FOX.

Local over the air/cable always takes precedence over non-local cable (including ESPN) but not a national broadcast network.

Posted by: OldDude | June 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info guys!

Posted by: Bugsy79 | June 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

And I just read that the MLB Network game on the 18th was originally scheduled to be Dodgers/Red Sox. Strasburg has singlehandedly bumped three of the most nationally popular teams off of national tv. Holy ....

Posted by: mojo6 | June 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Still don't understand the reasoning behind the decision to move Saturday's game to 4:00 from 7:00.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Fox thought that Strasburg was pitching that night so it scheduled the Nats/White Sox game for its 4:00 national game and it was moved to that time. Now that it looks like he's pitching on Friday night they're stuck with a non-Strasburg game. Could they dump it? Probably.

Posted by: mojo6 | June 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"Unless the way TV has worked forever (well since the rise of cable) has changed the game will be blacked out on TBS but on Ch. 50 here (or MASN/MASN2). The only exception is the game on the 19th which will only be one FOX.

Local over the air/cable always takes precedence over non-local cable (including ESPN) but not a national broadcast network."

Except that most stadiums generally have only two booths for TV broadcast crews and two for radio, in order to accomodate the home and away teams' broadcasts. If a national TV network is broadcasting the game, they need a booth to broadcast from and that will generally bump the away team's crew. For instance, the other night when MLB Network had the Strasburg game, I'm pretty sure they bumped Pittsburgh's local broadcast and people there watched the game on MLBN, while those of us in DC got it on MASN. If that paradigm holds, on Sunday Cleveland will get its local feed and the rest of the country (including DC) will get TBS. Whether or not DC50 can or will pick up the TBS feed is an open question, but all the Carpenter and Dibble haters will be happy because there will be no Nats on MASN that day.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

My co-workers(braves fans)can't wait for SS appearance here in Atl. saying they hope he'll be unbeaten so they can hang his first loss on him and i laughed and said "first you gotta stop having your outfielders running into one another on fly balls(LOL)!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | June 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

nunof1, are you sure about that? I think most of the modern stadia have additional room for radio/TV. What do they do with the playoffs and World Series, where you have international crews in addition to the American broadcasters?

Posted by: baltova1 | June 10, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

nunof1 - MASNSports.com says Sunday's game will be broadcast at 1:30pm on MASN2 HD/DC50.

I miss the old days, when I could simply turn the TV to channel 11 WPIX and see the Yankees, or channel 9 WOR and see the Mets. No playing "Guess the Channel."

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Gil, you were spoiled. We had to take turns looking through a knothole in the fence.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 10, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, when I say "fence"--it was really just a rusty pile of barbed wire and sticks, but it were a FENCE to US!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 10, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

As much as I question his management abilities, I have to commend Manny Acta for the classy things he's said about DC and the fans.

Kerry Wood too. So nice to not see "Nats" and "laughingstock" in the same stories anymore...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5267868

Posted by: natinbeantown | June 10, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

One game and his cap and a ball go to the HOF. Is this a joke? SS looks to be the real deal, but if something unforeseen happens early in his career (back, shoulder, arm issues) all of this hype is gonna look pretty silly in hindsight.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 10, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Retire now, Stephen...you are as good as in the HOF. Might even waive the time limit!

Posted by: Justlistening | June 10, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

True, Sec3. Of course, we would have loved to have a rusty pile of barbed wire and sticks, we just had to make believe they were there and bite our palms until the bled, then rub them in some muddy water and hope we caught a disease. Those were the days.

Posted by: Section506 | June 10, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

And I just read that the MLB Network game on the 18th was originally scheduled to be Dodgers/Red Sox. Strasburg has singlehandedly bumped three of the most nationally popular teams off of national tv. Holy ....

Posted by: mojo6

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You are so right Mojo6! This kid is not only throwing gas, he's messing with the way games are telecasted... Way to go SS!!!

Posted by: ajb1094 | June 10, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this HOF stuff a little bit premature? I mean, the kid looks REAL good, but if this blind adulation continues much longer, then New Era won't be able to construct a big enough cap for his head.

And that might become his downfall. Let's hope not.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | June 11, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

The vast majority of MLB players NEVER get recognized by the HOF. Some guys have been recognized 50 years or more after they played. It took SS all of 2 hours of work to be recognized. I'm rooting for him, but this is ridiculous.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 11, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Guys, you really can't criticize the HOF of over hyping that start. He did something that no one has ever done before, he struck out 14 batters on fewer than 95 pitches. He also posted one of the top 5 pitching debuts in the history of the game. The HOF wasn't honoring his hype, they were honoring his performance, which was at or near legendary based on more than 100 years of baseball history.

Posted by: capnpetch | June 11, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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