This article appears in the June 28 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
Like everyone else in baseball, I was fired up for Stephen Strasburg's big league debut.
There was a full slate of games that day, so not many of us saw it live, but most players I know were glued to the highlights. He looked as good as advertised, too, throwing hard with movement and locating his pitches well. Just as impressive, the atmosphere in D.C. looked insane, but he kept cool in the midst of all the noise.
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