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Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

Strasburg Harrisburg.jpgWhen Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are sinking and now there are multiple seats available in the $40 range.

A blip? A market correction?  The result of the Nationals losing seven of their last ten?  I imagine all of these things are at work.  I’d also like to think there’s a mass realization that, hey, this kid is going to get more than a dozen starts this year and, given the current trajectory of the Nats, tickets won’t be too hard to get for them.

It certainly can’t be a decline in enthusiasm for Strasburg himself. If that were the case people wouldn’t be trying to do ridiculous things like name their town after the guy.

They should know that such a thing is a totally bad move. Just ask the residents of Van Poppel, California.  

  1. Rib - Jun 4, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Lost in the hoopla about his pitching prowess is the fact that Strasburg can hit, too: 4-for-10 with as many doubles as strikeouts (1). SSS, but better than you would have expected, isn’t it?

  2. BB3 - Jun 4, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Anything less than walking on water will be a disapointment…

  3. KWRegan - Jun 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    He wasn’t *that* impressive in Buffalo: he had lots of 3-ball counts, and even barked at the umpire after walking the opposing pitcher (I assume that’s why I saw the whole infield come over 6 seconds after the walk—to cool him down). He faced a good lineup in Buffalo, with some major-leaguers and veteran minor-leaguers known for patience, but he hasn’t faced savvy batters who see that kind of heat all the time.

  4. Dave - Jun 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Its a pretty common thing on Stubhub for prices to dip a few days before an event and then begin to rise again closer through the day of.

  5. Ken - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    It’s because there aren’t enough fans in the DC area to actually fill the stadium on any night. They’ve only broken 40K four times in the new building, and it required massive amounts of fans for the other team (Red Sox and Phillies).
    Strasburg ain’t Gooden or Valenzuela. He’ll be lucky to get through 5 innings the way they are handling him. Not worth spending anything serious over face value to see.

  6. fashionclothes - Jun 4, 2010 at 11:48 PM

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