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Strasburg on … lots of things

Feb 24, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson sat down with Stephen Strasburg yesterday in Viera for an interview that covered subjects from coming back from Tommy John surgery to his innings limit this season, to golf and shrimp fishing.

Check out the interview (cut into five parts):

In Part 1, Kelli talks with Stephen about being injury-free to start the season, dealing with Tommy John surgery and having Bryce Harper as a teammate.

Click here to watch Part 1

In Part 2 of the interview, Stephen talks about the attention he’s received, if surgery changed his throwing style and how getting some starts last September will help him this season.

Click here to watch Part 2

In Part 3 of the interview, Kelli talks with Stephen about being on a 160-innings count, getting advice from Jordan Zimmerman and the off-season additions to the Nationals pitching staff.

Click here to watch Part 3

In Part 4 of the interview, Stephen comments on possibly being the opening day starter, the Wilson Ramos kidnapping and being managed by Tony Gwynn and Davey Johnson.

Click here to watch Part 4

In the final part of the interview, Stephen talks about how he’s been golfing lately and his recent adventure going shrimp fishing.

Click here to watch Part 5

  1. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I guess we have to watch five Toyota commercials in order to pay for the videos … ~laughing~

  2. waddu eye no - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    wonder what ss drives. nice kid

  3. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I think both he and Harper both drive trucks. Surf's up!

  4. Unkyd - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    (sigh)…., must be flash. I sure wish stuff would just be posted on QuickTime……(grumblegrumblegrumble…..brand new iphone4….grumble)

  5. Steve M. - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I really enjoy the level of "realness" I find with Stephen Strasburg like talking with a family member.Its refreshing with all the fakeness out there.

  6. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    One thing is certain … the Nats [Lerner's] are really getting swindled by MASN. More videos and coverage of the Nats while MASN 2012 has become even more ALL ORIOLES ALL THE TIME. Even their beat reporter … probably the best of the lot, is an Oriole fan?

  7. Tcostant - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    When MASN has to pay the Nationals close to $75M a year (or more?) they will have the last laugh.http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2011/10/10/Media/Nationals.aspx

  8. Les in NC - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Speaking of what do SS and Harper drive…. Did Harper drive his "work truck" to Viera this year?

  9. Steve M. - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I didn't know what Twitter speak was for "hurry up". I found out it is TTMF and you can figure out the acronym at the Urban Dictionary.Basically, let's hurry up and announce the Zim deal, tick tock, time is money.

  10. PAY TO PLAY - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/boswell-says-he-got-the-reaction-he-wanted-from-dc-media/2012/02/23/gIQAzGOMWR_blog.htmlLooks like Boswell will make calculated statements to get a reaction.Shock jock type of strategy.

  11. sm13 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Evertime I see these interviews it makes me proud that these players are on our team!

  12. realdealnats - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Steve M. Thanks for TTMF. I love it. English is such a great language! sm13–I love the attitude the Nat's team has this ST too. And I really like Strasburg's thoughtful responses. It's such a relief from the cliches we always hear that usually start "Without a doubt, Without a doubt."

  13. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    SS seems like a great kid, but he better save his sheckles cuz I don't see a position for him on Basetball Tongight. Didn't anyone else see how more comfortable he seemed not talking about baseball. Seems like a regular dude… Hoping for a big year!

  14. natsfan1a - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    It certainly is, although I would opine that the example in question does not showcase it in a particularly imaginative manner. :-)English is such a great language!

  15. sjm308 - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I mentioned this last night after watching but a big part of the interview is Kelli Johnson. I think its just a great job of making him comfortable, probably before the interview even started. Just imagine if that had been Debbie Taylor? So Steven, how do you feel? What were you feeling when you threw that first pitch in spring training? Is this a big year for you? etc etc. Anon, he is definitely not comfortable in these interviews and I think that is another thing that makes him special. He must be so happy to have Harper, and RZ and others step to the mike.

  16. Scooter - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Eh, vulgar doesn't mean unimaginative. You don't have to use it, of course.Speaking of which: P2P, stop hurting America. Shock jocks talk about boobies and make crank calls. Boswell said folks don't discuss baseball. Good grief.

  17. natsfan1a - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    It does to me, but your mileage may vary, as always (which is not to say that I've never used a profanity or a vulgarity).Eh, vulgar doesn't mean unimaginative. You don't have to use it, of course.

  18. Scooter - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Really? I think vulgarities comprise some of the language's most creative expressions. To each his, her, and/or its own, I suppose.

  19. natsfan1a - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Anyway, my point was that the initialism/acronym in question was not particularly illustrative of the beauty or complexities of the language, which it wasn't, IMO, YMMV. Seeing as how I did not intend to start a linguistic flame war, I will now go and eat some bon-bons. Later. :-)

  20. FS - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Video 2 is not working for me. Whenever I click it, it opens part 1 for me. I did it from here and from CSN's site. same result.Anyways, two things I took from part 1 is: who is kelli johnson? never heard of her before when it comes to reporting on Nationals.the guy in the back will tell his grandsons about this video and how he got SS's back during this interview.

  21. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    FSKelli Johnson is normally doing Redskins sideline reporting. She really is the one of the best at just talking with the players after the game or doing interviews with them. She just started doing the Nats, really glad to have her with us.NatsFan05

  22. FS - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    thanks NatsFan05. Would have preferred Mark doing these interviews.

  23. realdealnats - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    English is such a great Language…TTMF…natsfan1a said…It certainly is, although I would opine that the example in question does not showcase it in a particularly imaginative manner. :-)I agree with Scooter. English is great b/c it is always changing. Always on the cutting edge. I cuss all the time during the day, but ironically when I write I don't. But that doesn't make Vincent & Jules any less imaginative In Pulp Fiction. In fact they're poetic. I think TTMF is much more alive than "opine" for instance. But I hear you natsfan 1A I really do. As the man said to each his own. Why am I always the last guy writing on these blogs. Stop! Rhetorical Question…

  24. realdealnats - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    English is such a great Language…TTMF…natsfan1a said…It certainly is, although I would opine that the example in question does not showcase it in a particularly imaginative manner. :-)I agree with Scooter. English is great b/c it is always changing. Always on the cutting edge. I cuss all the time during the day, but ironically when I write I don't. But that doesn't make Vincent & Jules any less imaginative In Pulp Fiction. In fact they're poetic. I think TTMF is much more alive than "opine" for instance. But I hear you natsfan 1A I really do. As the man said to each his own. Why am I always the last guy writing on these blogs. Stop! Rhetorical Question…

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