For Nationals, the future is now

Strasburg's arrival, other changes breathing new life into once-moribund franchise

Originally Published: June 15, 2010
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- It was barely more than a week ago. It seems like about a century.

It seems like it because the Washington Nationals were still playing a baseball game without a fellow named Stephen Strasburg on their roster -- for the last time.

It was a few minutes before 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. Mark down that date. Ian Desmond bounced to second for the final out of a tough extra-inning loss to the Reds. And with that, Nationals president Stan Kasten ...

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