The question of whether they’ve gotten out on the golf course, mini- or otherwise, brings a smirk to Strasburg’s face. “He needs to learn golf etiquette first,” he said. “I’m trying to get him to take some lessons in the offseason so I can take his money in spring training.”
During the hourlong media session with the NL All-Stars on Tuesday, Gonzalez - who acknowledged even he was exhausted by the proceedings and quite possibly running out of things to say - looked over midway through his session and marveled at how Strasburg was handling it all. “Look at him right now,” he said. “He’s a thinking man.”
“I was really contemplating getting a recording and just pushing play,” Strasburg cracked. “But it hasn’t been that bad.”
Neither of the two garnered nearly as many cameras as their 19-year-old teammate two tables down, but everyone wanted to talk about their first-place team and how they can maintain things in the second half. Strasburg answered the questions in his usual businesslike manner. Gonzalez tried to.
“I feel like it’s just the tip of the iceberg right now,” Gonzalez said. “We just need to keep working hard, stay healthy and stay hydrated.”
He grabbed the two bottles of Gatorade in front of him and pointed them at the cameras.
“I’m doing a commercial right now,” he shouted.
Strasburg’s gaze the next table over was unflinching.