The 1990s Nike commercial that insisted that “chicks dig the long ball” featured Atlanta’s Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine obsessing about Mark McGwire‘s mammoth home runs.
But none of those stars did what Stephen Strasburg did on Friday night against Chicago.
He set a new MLB record for the most strikeouts in his first three games. With his 10 strikeouts against the White Sox, the already highly touted right-hander upped his total to 32 for the season. He left after seven innings, trailing 1-0 but ultimately only defeated by a conservative pitch count. He walked zero in the start.
The mark surpassed the previous high of 29 set by J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros in 1971.
Strasburg’s 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects card typically has sold for $60, while his Bowman Prospects card has been selling for $30. Both pale in comparison to his autographed cards in the set, which are going for $600 … and up.
And that leaves one big question as Strasburg continues to dazzle and draw more and more viewers into baseball …
Do they all dig the strikeout yet?
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
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