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(Video) Stephen Strasburg appears on "Late Show with David Letterman"

One day later, it has become clear Stephen Strasburg's debut has only ratcheted the avalanche of hype surrounding the Nationals' rookie right-hander.

Tuesday night, the Hall of Fame called the Nationals requesting an artifact from Strasburg's debut. Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians sold 3,000 seats for Strasburg's start Sunday at Progressive Field. And to top it off Thursday, Strasburg will appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" and read the the Top Ten List.

Also appearing on Letterman Thursday: Harry Connick Jr., actor Jaden Smith and musical act Peter Wolf.
(This post has been updated with video)

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 8:02 PM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Book it... one of the top ten will be some lame joke about being a Yankee farm hand the idiots in the Northeast have been so fond of quipping today. Makes me want to puke.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | June 9, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Tabata was Yankee farmhand. Isn't he the one married to the woman in her 40s? That's no joke.

Posted by: nats24 | June 9, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

But I love the way he reported this out. Harry Connick, Jr.!
When Graham Norton has him on the show you'll know this is out of hand.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 9, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Seriously. I am sick of hearing that lame joke too. Strasburg will be in Washington a minimum of 6 years. The Nats were smart to hold off on bringing him up, allowing them to retain his rights longer. Now we get to enjoy seeing Strasburg pitch until he hits 27. Then the Lerners will need to come up big. Go Nats!

Posted by: tylerdurden1 | June 10, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

"Then the Lerners will need to come up big."

I read that and got a bad feeling in my gut. I just hope it's the bagel I just had for breakfast.

Posted by: Section505203 | June 10, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I agree. The NE media acts like it's a foregone conclusion Strasburg will be leaving for NY or Boston when his contract here is up. In six years, the Nats could be a powerhouse contender raking in the cash, and more than capable of spending to keep Strasburg. They nearly did it already with Teixeira. The bigger questions are, will he want to stay, and will the Lerners be tight fisted or fork over the cash. A winning team with good management, chemistry and fan support might help answer all of this. Fortunately, this is six years away and in the meantime, we get to enjoy Strasburg.

Posted by: Natzfan | June 10, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

wow, 3,000 tickets?

Posted by: joeking1 | June 11, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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