Stephen Strasburg thinks he didn't deserve the All-Star Game
It seems everyone in the baseball world had offered their opinion on whether Stephen Strasburg belongs in the All-Star Game except for Strasburg himself. This afternoon, Strasburg shared his view and sided with those who believe he has not accomplished enough to play in the showcase.
"Obviously, only having six starts over here, it didn't really matter what I was going to do," Strasburg said. "I really didn't feel like I was qualified to make the team, No. 1, based on how much experience I have. I'm sure I'll have some opportunities somewhere down the road. Right now, it was never a goal of mine.
"You look at the guys that are going to the All-Star Game and the years that they've had, they did that from opening day. I haven't been here since opening day. They deserve it. Hopefully someday I'll deserve it, too."
Strasburg felt so strongly about how undeserved he was that if Manager Charlie Manuel and the National League did try to put Strasburg on the team, he may have not played in the game or accepted the invitation.
"It would have been a real tough decision," Strasburg said. "I never really felt like it was going to happen. I didn't really put much thought into it. Right now, I'd much rather pitch this team to the World Series before I make the all-star team, to be quite honest."
His decision whether to go would have had nothing to do with his physical fatigue. Asked if he felt like he needed the all-star break to refresh, he replied, "not really. I've been ready to go."
Strasburg prefers to avoid media coverage of himself, but he could not escape the all-star debate surrounding him. He knew it existed, but "I wasn't paying attention to it," he said. On Sunday, he walked out of the clubhouse as a television inside the room showed the final pitchers who had made the NL staff.
"It's flattering," Strasburg said. "I really didn't pay much attention to it. I've got some goals in mind right here. Those goals don't involve the All-Star Game."
Today before the game, Strasburg ran into Tony Gwynn, Padres legend and his college coach at San Diego State. Gwynn is broadcasting tonight's game for the Padres. They embraced in front of the Nationals dugout and chatted for a quick moment.
Strasburg will miss the chance to pitch against his hometown team and Gwynn's son, Tony Jr. His next start, and final outing of the first half, comes Friday against the San Francisco Giants, most likely against Matt Cain.
The Nationals met today to determine Strasburg's schedule's for after the break. Originally, their plan was for him skip the first series, against the Marlins. But the Nationals are going to reconsider because of future match-ups.
"We're still tossing that around," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "You kind of look at who he's going to pitch against each time afterwards. We feel like he's a good match-up against anybody, but we feel like there's a couple we wouldn't want him to miss. Depending on if he starts in that first series or that second series, there's a match-up or two that we would have not him that we feel like he's got a chance to really be successful."
The Nationals know for sure he will not be pitching in the all-star game, and Strasburg is happy about it.
July 6, 2010; 6:43 PM ET
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