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Posted at 7:30 AM ET, 02/18/2011

For Stephen Strasburg, work replaces worry

By Adam Kilgore
Morning roundup

The first overall pick of the 2009 draft prefers to reveal as little about himself as he can, but one capital-T Truth from his time in the public eye has become evident. Stephen Strasburg is about work.

He faces a measure of uncertainty as he recovers from Tommy John, but he doesn't think about that. He thinks about the first days after he arrived at San Diego State. He was out of shape. His fastball was nothing special. He had not yet discovered his threshold for work.

And then he did. He lost weight. He gained confidence. His fastball added life. He kept working. You know how the story goes from there. The immediate consequence was Strasburg becoming the most heralded pitching prospect of all-time. The less obvious, more lasting effect was that Strasburg had discovered his capacity for work, and he understood what that could do for him.

strasburg grounder.jpg

He thinks about whatever he has to do today, then the next day, then the next. There is no room or reason to fear for his future when he only considers the present.

"That's out of my control," Strasburg said yesterday after his workout of the spring. "The only thing I can do is put in all the effort that I possibly can. When I was back at State and I was throwing 88 to 90 miles per hour and I was 250 pounds, the only thing that I was able to do was put in the amount of effort that I put in that first year. I couldn't say that putting in all that work was going to produce the results that happened. I can't say right now what it's going to be like when I come back. But I know that when I work really hard - people who work really get rewarded."

Strasburg's work ethic, I'm utterly convinced, gives him the best possible chance to comeback from Tommy John healthy. He has already improved the strength in his legs, his core and in certain parts of his shoulders. He feels confident, too. He's putting the work in.


Boz writes the most Boz column ever, about the start of baseball, and its wonderful.

Stephen Strasburg worked out with the rest of his teammates yesterday and stood apart for a different reason than usual.

Here's some video of him tossing a baseball.

Dave Sheinin covered the utter debacle taking place at Mets camp.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 18, 2011; 7:30 AM ET
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I found that many words were from this article and it was to read.

Posted by: onesandfours | February 18, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Kilgore has a work ethic too. He strives to be at least as coherent as your average TV reporter at the Grammy Awards.

Posted by: FeelWood | February 18, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

My favorite part about the Mess That Is The Mets, is that this year they add Bobby Bonilla to their payroll for $1.2M. And the'll pay him that next year as well. And the year after, and after, for 25 years they will pay him $1.2M, when Mr. Bonilla will be 72 years old.
They bought out his $5.9M contract in 2000 and agreed to defer payment until 2011 and to pay over 25 years with 8% annual interest.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 18, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Enough about Strasburg - there are 40+ other players in camp whose success or failure will determine how the Nats will fare this season. Focus on those who will play and give us weekly updates on the walking wounded.

Posted by: Bill-CH | February 18, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

This was a good blog post. Thanks.

Posted by: cassander | February 18, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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