Fri Jun 18 11:24pm EDT
Washington Nationals rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg(notes) set a record during another masterful performance. And the Chicago White Sox scraped their way to an 11-inning victory, winning for the eighth time in nine games.
But the biggest winner at sold-out Nationals Park on Friday night?
[Photos: President Obama takes in a ballgame]
President Barack Obama (right, in White Sox cap).
Not only did he get to witness Strasburg with his own eyes, and he saw his White Sox win, but he also sat stoically — and righteously — as the rest of the stadium foolishly did the Wave. Including at least one of his own daughters. Hah! Silly humans!
Here's indisputable photographic proof of the president's good sense.
Of course, the slightly bigger news was, again, Strasburg. He struck out 10, giving him 32 for the season, to eclipse a record set by Houston's J.R. Richard for most K's in his first three career starts.
In September of 1971, Richard struck out 29 out of the chute for the Astros. Reality could never quite keep up with Richard's legend. Strasburg does not lack for hype, either.
Ozzie Guillen's impression: "I think he's the best pitcher in the National League."
Richard, who stood 6-foot-8, was a Bunyanesque character in his time. And someday, lots of folks are going to say they "saw Strasburg when."
The president can now be one of the few persons on the planet to have seen Stephen Strasburg in person and to have visited Strasb(o)urg, France, for a global town hall event.
Strasburg allowed one run and four hits with no walks over seven innings. He threw 85 pitches (59 for strikes), including 24 changeups — all of which seemed to give fits to Sox batters. Six of his 10 strikeouts came on changes, which drop like 90 mph, split-finger fastballs.
For the season, Strasburg has a 1.86 ERA over 19 1/3 innings. He has allowed 10 hits and five walks in that span.
Strasburg was imperfect; He was a bit slow to cover first base on a grounder, which cost him a run in the first inning. He also failed on a sacrifice bunt attempt, which started a double play. Hah! Silly National League rules!
And he gave up a lucky single to Floyd, who had two hits in 51 career plate appearances coming in.
Through it all, the president kept his head (and his seat) during the Wave. A leader by example if ever there was one.
BLS h/t to @amandakaschube of the Chicago Tribune.