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Big-league undergrad

Feb 23, 2011, 11:00 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
After spending the fall at Stanford, Drew Storen is back to baseball this spring.

VIERA, Fla. — One evening in late October, Drew Storen wandered from his dorm room at Stanford University down to the dining hall on the ground floor, where a cafeteria-style dinner and a big-screen TV showing the NLCS awaited.

He sat down at a table where a couple of fellow students were already watching the game between the Phillies and Giants with some keen interest and joined in the conversation with them as the game progressed. At one point, with Shane Victorino at the plate in a key spot, Storen couldn’t help but blurt out what he expected the next pitch to be. When Storen’s prediction proved to be dead-on, his dinner-mates turned to the 23-year-old and gave him a quizzical look.

“How did you know that?” one asked. It took every ounce of Storen’s will power not to retort by saying: “Uh, dude, I struck that guy out on the same pitch one month ago.” Instead, he played coy and replied simply: “I just watch a lot of baseball.”

Most ballplayers spend their offseasons lounging around their homes, physically and mentally recovering from the 162-game grind. Storen, as you can read in my piece for, spent his offseason as a full-time student at one of America’s most-demanding universities.

  1. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Storen's a very impressive guy. He's the guy that kids should be looking up to as a role model.

  2. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Well I see that Storen expects the Nats to be in the playoffs at least 50% of the time for the next 11 years. College degree at 35 FANTASTIC goal!! It's never to late!!KGWCOACH

  3. Doc - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    With that kind of dedication, Drew projects as good at anything that he tackles—baseball or engineering.

  4. Slidell - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    from CSN story: So, Drew believes that 35 years old makes one "a creepy old guy".He won't think so when he gets there. Ha!I truly admire his attitude and character. He will be a success at whatever he does.

  5. ba9e394a-3fb1-11e0-b0f2-000bcdcb8a73 - Feb 24, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    How can you not love this guy?

  6. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    If there was a hot girl or two at the table he would have.

  7. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    How clueless are the guys watching the game to not know who Drew is! Really?

  8. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Hmmm, let me know when he meets Donald Knuth and knows what TeX is. Otherwise, yawnnnnnnnnnnnn ….Like him as an athlete and he has great 'rents.

  9. JayB - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    You have to love a lot about how Rizzo has undone the years of Lerner/Jimbo damage. Lost of good talent and character…..None of that Matters if they do not win and win now. This is the year, First Spring Training Game through end of the season. Win and Win more that you lose. Play smart and play like your a team and you care about your team…..On big problem….Morgan…he has to go right now. Just do it…..he is not ever going to play a team game or put winning above his own need for attention and fame.

  10. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Discovery launch is scheduled for today at 4:50PM.

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    SonnyG10…. If you are around on Friday, I'll look you up. Hope you get to enjoy the Shuttle launch this afternoon.

  12. JayB - Feb 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Love those launches….I have seen two while down for ST….Though they were ending…..soon right?

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    This is the last launch for Discovery. In late April there will be a last launch for Endeavor and in June the last launch for Atlantis will occur.Enjoy.

  14. N. Cognito - Feb 24, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Good news this morning. Chuck Meriwether is retiring.

  15. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Mark,He might be listed at 6'2, but there's no way he's that. I've stood up next to him, I think he's 5'8, maybe he's 5'10.

  16. Ryan - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    So Storen is paying for school himself? The Nationals aren't picking up the tab like they do for many kids they draft?





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