KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Stephen Strasburg talked about music. He talked about Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, and about Justin Verlander.
Stephen Strasburg even talked about sweat.
The image we have of Strasburg is that he's one of the most exciting young pitchers in baseball . . . and one of the least comfortable having people ask him questions.
But on his first day under the All-Star spotlight, Strasburg looked plenty comfortable Monday.
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He's not outgoing like his Nationals rotation-mate, Gio Gonzalez. He's not as talkative as Harper.
But he can deal with the questions, even the odd ones. He didn't even look like he was dreading it.
"I expected a lot more questions about the innings limit," Strasburg said. "I got more questions about Yu Darvish."
And about music and sweat.
He likes the Zac Brown Band, he said, when someone asked about the group that was performing before Monday night's Home Run Derby.
He's concerned about sweat, he admitted, when someone asked about his trouble in hot-weather games.
"I'm open to anything," he said, meaning he was open to suggestions about how to deal with the heavy sweat. "I might get my sweat glands removed."
Yes, that was a joke.
He said he was looking forward to see Trout, who is so often paired with Harper in stories about baseball's young stars.
"I want to see how big he is in real life," Strasburg said.
He said he's looking forward to watch Verlander, who Strasburg sometimes gets compared to.
"I've only seen him pitch [in person] once," he said.
He said that making the All-Star team wasn't that big a deal, and that he had never thought about the possibility he'd be chosen to start the game.
Most of all, he said that the experience has been a good one.
"I'm having fun, even if it doesn't look like it," he said.
Actually, Stephen, now it does like it.