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Thousands crowd Municipal Stadium to see Nationals' Strasburg pitch for Suns

August 07, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers the first pitch Sunday during his rehabilitation assignment with the Hagerstown Suns. Strasburg had surgery on his elbow.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

They parked blocks away after driving, for many of them, more than an hour to Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium on Sunday.

They came to see Stephen Strasburg. The phenom. The $15.1 million No. 1 overall pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2009 draft. The one who had hearts racing when he struck out 14 batters in his major league debut in June 2010 and later had hearts breaking when he injured his right elbow that August and had to have Tommy John surgery.

The pitcher who skipped Single-A ball on his way to the majors had Municipal Stadium so packed for his first rehab assignment on Sunday afternoon that one couldn’t walk to a seat without squeezing through a crowd of people.

Suns officials estimated the crowd at almost 6,000 people.

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