TV News Reporters Torn Between Politics and a Pitcher

By Alex Weprin Comment

Strasburg061110.jpgLater today, Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg will make his second start against the Cleveland Indians. Strasburg is the toast of DC, striking out 14 batters in his major league debut last Tuesday.

Tuesday was also an election day, with 12 states holding primaries. This caused something of a conundrum for the DC-based TV news anchors and reporters that also happen to big baseball fans.

The Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg caught up witha few of them, including Fox News’ Bret Baier, who was hoping to go the game… until he realized he would have to be in New York covering the primaries.

“There was so much pent-up anxiety about his start, so many expectations,” Baier said Wednesday night while watching the Nats beat the Pirates in a considerably tamer environment. “It was a big deal. I definitely wanted to be here.”

He also spoke to “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory, who actually made it to the ballpark. Gregory seemed to confirm our hypothesis from last week about the public’s interest in the primary, versus the pitcher:

“Many more people were talking to me about Strasburg than primary results.”

(h/t) J$