Strasburg, Wall could lead DC resurgence

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

Can you imagine the excitement that sports fans in our nation's capitol are experiencing right now?

Can you imagine the excitement that sports fans in our nation's capitol are experiencing right now?  Stephen Strasburg suddenly has made baseball in DC must-see.

How thrilled will President Barack Obama be if the Wizards select John Wall with the first pick in the NBA Draft?

Wall says Obama is his "home boy."

Kentucky fans can attest -- there hasn't been a more exciting point guard to lace 'em up in years.  Wall just might revolutionize the position before his career is done.

But while some might have an eye on the draft in two weeks, overnight ratings suggest DC fans are abuzz over Strasburg.

Strasburg is the rookie pitcher for the city's Nationals, and on Tuesday, made his major league debut at home. His 14-strikeout performance against the Pirates earned the highest ratings ever for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

After averaging just 8,000 households just two years ago, which is the fewest of any major league club, more than 165,000 fans tuned in to Stasburg's 5-2 win. That's a 7.1 rating.

A standing-room-only crowd of 40,315 showed up at the ballpark to watch Strasburg go seven innings, striking out 14, including the last seven batters he faced.  By all accounts, it was one of the most-hype pitching debuts in decades.

And Strasburg didn't disappoint.

Wall could be next.

Like Strasburg, Wall will become the face of the franchise.  With a blend of speed, athleticism and an uncanny flair for the moment, Wall enters as the NBA's most exciting rookie.

Wall could make the Wizards relevant again, much like he did at Kentucky.  Much like Strasburg has done with baseball in Washington.

In a city that proudly rallies around the Redskins, it could be two of the most exciting, young athletes in their respective sports that will have DC rockin' and jump start a dormant pro sports scene.

Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.

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