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 Nationals.com, 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.
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