On Friday, May 7th, what might be the biggest thing to happen to the Syracuse Sky Chiefs and the Washington Nationals stepped onto the mound at Alliance Bank Stadium. His name: Stephen Strasburg. His game: Baseball. His fame: 100+ mpg fast balls. It was a sold out, standing room only crowd who came to see the phenom. 13,000+ fans, some who spent hours in traffic to get there. The boy didn’t disappoint. One hit, 5 strike-outs, 2 RBIs, a win for the Chiefs.
Rumor has it that he’ll be going to the majors any day now. Although he lost in his last outing against the Scranton-Wilkesbarre Yankees, his short tenure in Syracuse has revitalized the crowd….well, sort of. When Strasburg is pitching we have sell-outs, other days we’re lucky to get a couple thousand fans. And it’s a shame – Syracuse has an outstanding team this year. Here’s hoping the season will see better crowds. And here’s hoping Steven Strasburg has a phenomenal career.