For Stephen Strasburg, work replaces worry
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.
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.
FROM THE POST
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