Nats fans, don't forget to pick up your copy of Sports Illustrated this week.
Stephen Strasburg, "National Treasure," will be on the cover. With 22 strikeouts, 2 wins and a storybook debut, Strasburg also earned the National League's player of the week award. The cover story is a feature piece on Strasburg by Albert Chen.
It caps a big week for the rookie pitcher, who also announced the "Top 10" on the David Letterman Show last Thursday.
The only over Nationals related Sports Illustrated cover I can remember is Ryan Zimmerman in March '08. He was featured in a piece about the draft class of 2005.
Now, let's all cross our fingers that nothing happens to fulfill the cover jinx. After the mound problems in Cleveland, I think Strasburg already paid his dues in terms of bad luck.
I could have sworn Zimmerman also had a "National Treasure" cover right after Opening Day 2008, but I can't seem to track it down. Maybe it was a yearbook or a program. Anybody remember?
Are you worried about the SI cover jinx?