Stephen Strasburg era has arrived

Nationals phenom has plenty of attention on him during his first spring in the majors

Originally Published: February 22, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

VIERA, Fla. -- The Stephen Strasburg era began Sunday with a wind sprint on a back field, 41 years to the day after the great Ted Williams signed a five-year deal to manage the Washington Senators. Sitting in a golf cart maybe 100 feet from Strasburg was the man in camp who perhaps knows Strasburg best and can best appreciate what he is facing as a pitching prodigy. Davey Johnson, a special assistant for the Nationals, was all smiles.

"I told Rigs [Nationals manager Jim Riggleman] not to ...

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