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DORAL, Fla. – There was no confusing Steve Marino’s loyalties Wednesday morning as he worked his way through a crowd with a Washington Nationals hat pulled low on his head.

Marino may live in south Florida now, but he’s still a D.C. guy and the debut of pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday has given the Nats fan a reason to get excited.

“He looked real good,” said Marino of Strasburg, a rookie for the Nats who pitched a two-strike out, two-hit gem in his professional debut. “They say they are going to keep him in the minors, but we really need him.”

Marino – who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, not far from the Cardinals’ spring training complex – said he’s not playing next week’s Transition Championship and plans on seeing the phenom first-hand at a game.