Even star athletes aren't immune to the GM strike.
The World Series just wrapped up and the Washington Nationals are the champions. This is the first time the franchise has ever won the Major League Baseball championship and the first time Washington D.C. has won the title since 1924 when the team was called the Senators. After leading the team to a 6-2 victory in game seven, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named MVP, meaning he will be receiving a free car as a gift.
General Motors has provided the World Series MVP with a car for the past 14 seasons, but this year the company gave away a very special car as a gift. Strasburg will be receiving a 2020 Corvette Stingray as his gift, which certainly beats the cars given to the previous MVPs. Chevy posted a photo on its Facebook page with the caption: "Congrats to the World Series MVP. We can't wait to see where your 2020 Corvette Stingray takes you."
Last year's winner, Steve Pearce of the Boston Red Sox, was gifted a 2019 Silverado LT Trail Boss pickup truck. The year before that, Houston Astros 3rd baseman Alex Bregman was given a 2018 Camaro SS Coupe after defeating the Washington Nationals. Two years ago, Chicago Cubs' Outfielder Ben Zobrist was presented with a 2017 Camaro Convertible 50th Anniversary Edition.
Strasburg's Corvette is quicker than all of the previous MVP cars thanks to its 6.2-liter LT2 delivering 490 horsepower, good for a 0-60 mph time under three seconds when equipped with the Z51 Package. The Corvette is also a performance bargain with a starting price of just $59,995.
Chevy does note the red Corvette seen in the picture is just a representation of the car Strasburg will get, meaning he can't just drive it right away. Just like everyone else, Strasburg will have to wait to receive his car until production finally gets underway following delays from the UAW strike. Even athletes aren't immune to GM's production woes.
Athletes who receive a car as a gift for an MVP performance sometimes donate the money to charity instead, so it isn't certain whether or not Strasburg will end up taking delivery of the car. The pitcher signed a $175 million contract extension with the Nationals back in 2016, meaning he probably has a collection of nice cars already.