John Travers of London, Ontario, posted this tweet at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday: "Wow Steven Strasburg is for REAL!!!!!!! 7 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts"
That about summed up the overall conversation surrounding the much-anticipated Major League Baseball debut of Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who got the win in a 5-2 Washington victory. People everywhere were watching it and talking about it, and during the course of the night you could feel the seismic shift from so many questions about "too much hype" to simply "too good."
Strasburg is the real deal, finishing his first outing with 14 strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. He was pure heat and a nasty curve and an irresistible changeup, and the only real mistake was hardly a mistake at all, a low ball golfed for a two-run homer by Delwyn Young. Strasburg left with the Nats up, 4-2, and the talk goes on as he has stayed steadily in worldwide Trending Topics.
Some final questions for you:
What did you think of the debut and how did your pitching-line prediction fare?
What most impressed you in those seven innings?
Was he better than you expected or just what you thought?
Rich Woods of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., tweeted as @rwoods: "How often does a guy like #strasburg actually live up to all the hype in his debut?"
Rhea of Baton Rouge tweeted on @jrheam: "WOW! #Strasburg ... This kid is amazing."
It's hard to remember any MLB debut with this much buildup. About all of this hype:
Did you think it was too much? And if so, did you gradually change your mind?
Naturally this is only the beginning. So the next question is:
How many games will he win this season, and what career is ahead?
Be sure to include the #strasburg hashtag in all your tweets as you have done all day and night. Join Facebook.com/Nationals so you can be part of history right there on the official comment thread.
If you were at the historic game, be sure to tweet your pictures from Nationals Park to @MLB and we'll continue to RT many of them. It's in world Trending Topics, it's in Google's Hot Search Top 10, it's what the Baseball world is watching.