The Strasburg debut tonight should be exciting. It's not every day we get a Pirates/Nationals game on the MLB Network.
They hype about tonight's game reminds me of Matt Garza's first start, times a billion.
Unlike other historical events, I bet more people lie about NOT being at Garza's first start. I, honestly, was not there, though I was supposed to be. I was fighting with the guy who had the tickets and I told him nothing on this earth could make me sit next to him for 3 hours. Not even Matt Garza.
Of course, you know the rest of the story. Things were ugly. Ugly ugly ugly. I felt supremely guilty. Because, at the time I had a streak of epic proportions going. I was going on 4 seasons of not seeing a losing game at the Metrodome. (Full disclosure, this included the 2004 season when I lived in Texas & Louisiana and only made it home for one game....but we won...so it counts, dammit.) My friend had no qualms about pointing this out and stating the obvious: "YOU did this to Garza."
Who knows... maybe if I had manned up and gone, and brought my good baseball luck with me, Garza would have been stunningly good that game, and avoided whatever weird psychological issues that seemed to plague him during his tenure with the Twins. Maybe he'd still be with us now.
Either way, I got my karmic comeuppance for my neglect of team. The very next game I went to broke the streak anyway.
Moral of the story: If there are any Nats fans with similar streaks, don't let anything stand in your way and get yourself to the game. You don't want to take any chances.
Similarly, if there are any Pirates fans with a streak going, it's not too late to get yourself to DC. Because, in all honesty, if an Andrew McCutchen/Neil Walker/Garrett Jones combo could pull a Garza on Strasburg, it'd make my night. Not because I wish ill on the kid....I just really like the Pirates, and I think it's mean that the Nats orchestrated his call-up so he could pitch to them. I'd like to see that plan back-fire.
(To see the Pirates take on the game tonight ...as well as the bitchin' mustaches, watch the video here)
In other weird Strasburg news, there was a random quote about him in a recent Sports Illustrated article. The quote was from our very own Glen Perkins. The attribution went something like this "...said Glen Perkins, former major league pitcher." It made me sad. Head shaking, mopey Charlie Brown music playing sad.
Of course, in happy news, Boof Bonser is back in the big leagues and I could not be more thrilled. I feel like yesterday should have been a holiday. I prefer Boof Day to Strasburg Day anyway.