Metaphorically of course; Mr. Fidrych got killed in a tractor accident last year but the similarities are there.
Last Saturday I am reading Bernard Fernandez gush in the Philadelphia Daily News about the 22 year old bonus, 15,100,000.00 U$D, baby with the Washington Nationals. Mr. Fernandez quoted the Phillies batting coach, Greg Gross, as saying the phenom is "...the real deal."
Sometimes things can be to good to be real. Here's the deal: Mr. Strasburg, who in 68 innings has 92 strikeouts, which is Hall of Fameish, has blown his arm out. The New York Times reports that "The Nationals announced Friday that Strasburg had a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. He is expected to have Tommy John surgery, the elbow reconstruction named for its first and most famous patient, and will need 12 to 18 months to recover."
It ain't even started and it may be over.
I hope the cheque for the 15 large has cleared the bank already.