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D.C. chefs pitch Strasburg-themed burgers as pscyhoanalytic group studies the man


Stephen Strasburg throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates, June 8, 2010. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Was there ever a sports hero so gastronomically inspiring? Something about the rookie with the 100-mph arm made chefs around D.C. think "blue-plate special." Here's what you got this week if you ordered a "Strasburger." (Thanks to Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog.)

  • Glory Days Grill: Prime beef with spicy pepper jack cheese, hot pepper rings -- and guacamole, a homage to Stephen Strasburg's SoCal roots.

  • The Burger Joint: Burger topped with a hot dog (for his start with the Phoenix Desert Dogs), "Syracuse Orange" cheddar (his move to the Syracuse Chiefs), 14 pickles (for each strikeout at his debut game).

  • Tortilla Coast: Two patties with fried onions, jack cheese, chipotle-honey glaze ("because batters don't know whether they're going to get heat or sweet").

    ·Loeb's Deli: Three sliders.

  • Ebbitt Express: Hot dog with sauerkraut, diced onions, mustard ..... and an utter waste of a "burger" pun.

    Who else did Strasburg inspire? The American Psychoanalytic Association, which devoted a session Thursday to how psychologically prepared the 21-year-old is for the major leagues, reports our colleague Paul Farhi.

    Nats President Stan Kasten told the shrinks, at their meeting in D.C., that the club had no fear about his performance in the spotlight: "He wasn't playing in front of big enough crowds. It's what's been holding him back all these years. We considered moving our games to FedEx Field so he can be really good."


  • By The Reliable Source  |  June 11, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
     
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