Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg receives “Trotter Tribute” for dominany major league debut

Washington Nationals rookie pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg has been honored with a “Trotter Tribute” from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in recognition of his “Globetrotter-esque” dominance in winning his major league pitching debut Tuesday night.

In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Strasburg and the Nationals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2, as Strasburg piled up an astonishing 14 strikeouts without a walk, yielding two runs on just four hits. He became the first pitcher in the history of the league to fan at least 11 and walk no one in his major league debut. Of the 94 pitches he threw, 65 were for strikes, and some of his fastballs were clocked at over 100 mph.

Mirroring Globetrotter-type shenanigans, during a postgame interview, Strasburg took three shaving cream pies to the face from teammates and was crowned with an oversized wig named after Elvis Presley, a Nationals ritual for whoever teammates tab as the player of the game.

“That kid dominated the Pirates like they were the Washington Generals,” said Globetrotters star Flight Time Lang. The Globetrotters have not lost to the Generals since 1971.

The “Trotter Tribute” honors professional and college athletes from all sports throughout the world whose play calls to mind the dazzling showmanship of “the world’s most famous team.”

The honor is designed to recognize amazing and entertaining moments during the course of competition. Members of the media often refer to unbelievable plays as “Globetrotter-esque,” signifying fantastic athletic feats, as well as the unique trademark the team has emblazoned in incorporating entertainment into sports.

The Globetrotters are world-renowned for their influence on the game of basketball. The Hall of Fame team continues to push the limits in 2010 with countless unprecedented trick shots, dunks, ball handling skills, unique game locales and Guinness World Records.

Fans are encouraged to submit plays for consideration by sending videos, along with a full description of the video, via email to: trottertribute@harlemglobetrotters.com.

These “Trotter Tribute” moments will be awarded and compiled on an as-merited basis, and fans will then have an opportunity to root for their favorites at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Spalding, Howard Johnson Hotels and America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are in their 84th consecutive season of touring the world. The Globetrotters have played in 120 countries and territories on six continents, entertaining over 130 million fans and breaking down barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life. The Globetrotters are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Click here to purchase team merchandise.