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Facing monumental expectations

Time for No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg to show the world what he can do

Originally Published: March 30, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Stephen Strasburg has yet to throw a pitch in the major leagues, and he's already standing on the steps of Cooperstown, thanking his parents, his Little League coach and the clubhouse attendants for their support. There's a statue outside Nationals Park in his honor, and his new cologne, energy drink and sports apparel line are flying off the shelves.

This is how it works in the modern era: Strike out 195 batters in 109 innings in your final college season, flash 102 mph on the radar gun, ...

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