Here we go. Mr. Saturday night. As if this game couldn’t get any bigger. As if it wasn’t already between the 2 best NL teams. As if Stephen Strasburg wasn’t making his Southern Cali debut. As if Matt Kemp wasn’t a big enough name for you.
Bryce the Hype Harper makes his major league debut and the stage couldn’t get much bigger, at least for a regular season game. Los Angeles. Chavez Ravine. Hollywood.
Under the lights. Yup. Seems about right.
No pressure though kid. And yes Harper, at 19, is a kid.
Well, let’s see what you got, son. The world is watching.
## UPDATE: Lost in all the Nats/Dodgers hoopla, Mike Trout made his major league debut Saturday. Hitless. 0/4. Trout batted lead-off for the Angels who won 2-1 over Cleveland. We like Trout here at the Culture, hoping he and Pujols can get things going for the Angels who are terrible so far this year.
## UPDATE: Harper finished the game 1/3 with his first major league hit, a double over Matt Kemp’s head in center. He also added the go-ahead run in the 9th with a sac-fly RBI. Dude looks like the real deal. And I’m digging the mohawk/mullet thing he’s got going on.
Next week, San Diego’s Finest, Stephen Strasburg will return to the 619. The young, up-start, Washington Nationals are in town taking on the lowly San Diego Padres at Petco Park. As it sits right now and if my math is correct, Strasburg would face off against
Corey Luebke on Thursday night. Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Strasburg who was born and raised in San Diego and attended San Diego State University, will be back in his home-town. In his two years as a starter at SDSU, Strasburg went 21-4, with a 1.45 ERA, 329 K’s in 207 IP. Oh and by the way, as a Freshman in 2007, Strasburg was named the Mountain West Conference co-Freshman of the Year, where he struck out 47 in 37 innings as a relief pitcher. He also added 7 saves.
As a side note, here come the Nationals. This is a team to be reckoned with. Aside from los Diamondbacks, the Nats are my team. The former head of scouting for the Diamondbacks, Mike Rizzo, is the Nationals GM. I met him a few years ago at an Arizona Fall League game and he told me back then to give the Nats a few years and then, look out.
Currently on the Nats active roster, they have 4 prior D’Backs, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. See the Nationals success is built the same way as the current D’Backs team. Build from within. Promote talent. Draft well. Have a strong farm system. I haven’t even mentioned guys like Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi, Ross Detweiler, Danny Espinosa, John Lannan, Wilson Ramos and Drew Storen, each of whom were drafted and brought up through the Nats farm system.
And you best believe when #37, S2 takes the mound in SD, I’ll be rockin the Aztec red and cheering him on. In fact, I expect more Strasburg fans than Padres fans to be in attendance.