These truly are the dog days of summer for the Alumni Report. Hoops is over, NFL camps haven’t yet begun and our #AztecForLife mayor hasn’t even been publicly humiliated in weeks! What is there to talk about?
Fortunately, we have our trusty SDSU basebros to carry us through.
As you might expect, we start by checking in with Stephen Strasburg. Stras was named to the NL All-Star team on Sunday, after a first half of the season that saw him go 9-2 with a 3.28 ERA (2.8 bWAR for you stathead nerbs). It’s his third All Star selection, joining Jim Wilson (3), Mark Grace (3), Graig Nettles (6), Tony Gwynn (15) on the list of Aztecs selected to at least three midsummer classics.
(Side note: Nettles should totally be in the Hall of Fame. Seriously, look at this. He was basically the Adrian Beltre of the 70s and 80s)
Straburg’s Nationals are currently hella games up in the NL East, so it looks like he’ll be getting another bite of the postseason apple, too. Barring an epic collapse, of course. I mean, this is the Nats we’re talking about.
Reed on the block
Washington may be looking to bolster its postseason hopes with an SDSU reinforcement, too. How fun for us!
Addison Reed (14 saves, 2.59 ERA, 1.4 bWAR) has been kicking ass lately as the Mets closer. Thing is, the Mets do not need a closer because they suck, and Reed will be a free agent this offseason. So rumor has it, their division rivals have been sniffing around.
Let’s do this Nats! Turn you pitching staff into an Aztec Voltron and we will root for you without reservation this October.
(Please do not kill our boys, Dusty)
Another Aztec coming soon?
There are only two SDSU players in MLB right now, which is kind of a low number for us, historically speaking. But another may be on the way!
Pitcher Bowdien “Bubba” Derby is rising fast in the Milwaukee Brewers system. He was promoted from AA to AAA a month ago, and he’s been pitching well as a starter in Colorado Springs. You’ve got to think a call-up may be in the offing, at least when rosters expand.
Once he arrives in the show, he’ll immediately have one of the best spoonerisms in all of baseball, if not the best.
Dubba Berby. DUBBA. BERBY.
Our long national nightmare is over
Some non-baseball stuff! Remember that horrible, horrible night where we all thought Kawhi Leonard cut his braids and we cried together on Twitter?
It was a false alarm.
Stand down everyone. I said STAND DOWN!
Carl Weathers woke Tweet of the week