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Need June 8 tickets? Stay tuned

Having made the mistake once -- publicly, and embarrassingly -- I'll try not to make it again. The Nats' Web site may not be listing single-game tickets for June 8, but that obviously does not make June 8 a sellout. It just means the Nats aren't currently offering single-game tickets for that date.

Which, when you think about it, seems like a good thing. Single-game ticket sales for big events allow speculators and brokers to scoop up large quantities, then to attempt to turn a profit in the secondary market. If you're a Nats fan paying above-dollar -- or rather, paying more than the listed price for a June 8 ticket -- you should want your excess coin going into a pool of money that could theoretically be used to better the team in the future rather than to random speculators, if given the choice. And if the demand causes people to buy New Era mini-plans that add a few more bodies in seats for June meetings with the Royals, so much the better.

Barring that, you should certainly want season-ticket holders to get first crack at face-value June 8 tickets, because they're the ones that have cared enough to invest in this team when demand was lowest. So I'm all for what the Nats are doing here, which is holding back several thousand tickets from immediate sales.

That said, several people have asked me whether single-game tickets for June 8 will again be available on, so I e-mailed Stan Kasten to ask. His response:

Over the next couple of days, we're gonna try to take care of season ticket holders, and possible future package purchasers out of the allotment we've reserved. I would anticipate still having some left to release after that (though I can't be sure). So yes, I would keep checking.

It would seem especially wise to start checking again after 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, when the offer to season-ticket holders expires, although I've been wrong so many times with this stuff that you should feel free to be skeptical.

And obviously, this goes a long way in explaining why there were suddenly a huge number of seats available all over Nats Park late last week, after word emerged that Strasburg would be starting not on June 4 but instead during the Pirates series.

One more important June 8 nugget, courtesy Wizards beat writer Michael Lee:

[John] Wall told me he's not a big baseball fan but wants to get to DC next Tues. to see Stephen Strasburg's debut for Nats. No. 1 pick unity, huh?

Fly in Ovechkin from Russia, and you'd have the makings of a very successful photo poster shoot.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 1, 2010; 9:00 PM ET
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Eh, let's wait until Bryce Harper makes his MLB debut before we take a "Class Picture"...

Posted by: CapsNut | June 1, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a STH for the Nats (yet) but kudos to Stan for doing the right thing. My screen name is a direct result of his pandering to out of town markets (namely Philadelphia) to sell seats. But providing for the loyal STHs isn't only good business (keep your customers happy) but it's the right thing to do. I'd break Steinberg's right arm to get a ticket June 8th -- but I'm A-OK with current STHs getting first crack at any available seats. So thanks to Stan....and to our loyal STHs who have endured unwatchable baseball over the past 3 years.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | June 1, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

So I suppose this explains why a half-hour after the announcement yesterday, there were no tickets under $22 dollars available. But I do think they're doing the right thing--especially considering how many tickets were bought by people who are more interested in making money on StubHub than actually seeing the game.

Posted by: TheFingerman | June 1, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"The June 8th game? Already sold out" -Comcast SportsNet 2 minutes ago.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 1, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"They've sold out the game." -CSN, again in the same broadcast. And Mike Wise just sat there and didn't correct 'em. The nerve.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 1, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Why stop at Ovie and Wall (and maybe Harper) for the #1's class picture? Why not also bring back Kwame Brown?

Oh wait...never mind...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | June 2, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I like John Wall already.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Only single tickets available now. Don't know how many they may or may not be holding for resumed public sale at 11:59 pm tomorrow.

Posted by: mojo6 | June 2, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

what happens if his last minor league game is rained out? 60% chance of rain tonight and tomorrow in Buffalo.

Posted by: george214 | June 2, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I got June 8th tickets yesterday by buying tickets for three games, with the June 8th game being one of them. The deal came with a free game, too.

Posted by: maymezzo2 | June 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

STH offer is now sold out. Just got an email from the Nationals saying as much.

Posted by: softballgirl | June 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

what happens if his last minor league game is rained out? 60% chance of rain tonight and tomorrow in Buffalo.

Posted by: george214 | June 2, 2010 11:30 AM

Then they'll probably just have him throw a few innings of bullpen work to have him stay warm for Tuesday. The plan is in effect and they've sold tickets on the promise of Strasmas - it will happen (barring rain here in DC on Tuesday, which doesn't look likely).

Posted by: Kev29 | June 2, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

All of the STH holdback tickets were gone as of 10:05 this morning. We even tried getting 1 seat anywhere in the stadium, and were told that there were none available. So, I wouldn't anticipate a big release of the STH holdbacks on Thursday...cause there ain't any left.

Mini-plans, possibly...but none that STH did not buy.

Posted by: HenryStin | June 2, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Stan is waiting for the Phillie fans to get the first pickings.

Posted by: Nataholic | June 2, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I just got a pair of tickets to the game by doing a New Era plan for $18 each. Fantastic deal and there are definitely still some available...

Posted by: wmsheppa | June 2, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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