- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NEWSMAKERS Who’s making news this week

Stephen Strasburg

He’ll probably repeat on Thursday’s local list, but if the Nationals’ No. 1 pick lives up to the hype, he’ll be worth it.

Brett Favre

Just when you thought he had gone away for good, he gets a sneaky surgery and a new set of Vikings deadlines.

Roger Federer

His French Open win cements his status as one of the all-time greats, even if he didn’t have to beat Nadal.

Kobe Bryant

He has been dominant in the NBA Finals, following his 40 in Game 1 with 29 more in Game 2.

Tiger Woods

For the second time this year, he won the last event he’ll play before a major; the U.S. Open is next week.


1. Matt Bush, 2004, San Diego Padres - The poster boy for not making a pick based on signability.

2. Danny Goodwin, 1971 and 1975 - Double bad because he didn’t sign once and then didn’t perform the second time.

3. Brian Bullington, 2002, Pittsburgh Pirates - Still kicking around, still looking for his first major league win.

4. Steve Chilcott, 1966, New York Mets - It was so long ago, but this pick would look a lot better had Reggie Jackson not gone second.

5. Shawn Abner, 1984, New York Mets - Fortunately for the Mets, they never needed him and traded him for Kevin McReynolds.


“I hope this kid has a good head on his shoulders. That’s usually the difference between those who are able to accomplish something and the ones that throw it all out the window.” - Braves pitcher Tim Hudson on No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg

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