Sim Pace, evoking precedent set when Barack Obama won a Nobel Peace prize last year, makes the case that Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg should be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame after his stellar debut performance. From the letters section of the Washington Post:
In his Major League baseball debut, the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters and walked none in seven innings ["Stephen Strasburg sets team strikeout record in debut as Nationals beat Pirates," Sports, June 9]. In light of that performance, I hereby submit Mr. Strasburg for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Some may argue that one game does not a career make. I make this submission, however, under the recently evolved "Obama rule," by which President Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after just two weeks in office. If Mr. Obama can be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, surely Mr. Strasburg can be inducted into Cooperstown.
And while there may be similarities between the Obama and Strasburg cases, remember, Mr. Strasburg actually did something to justify this nomination.