Strasburg and "K" signs
Stephen Strasburg has now struck out 22 batters in his first two starts. In 62 non-Strasburg starts, Nats pitchers have reached double-digits in strikeouts three times. In two Strasburg starts, they've done so twice. And whether Strasburg's next start comes on Friday night or Saturday afternoon, it will be at Nats Park.
What this all means is that at least one group of hardy fans will likely bring some "K" signs or posters to the Park this weekend. And before you do so, you might want to read the stadium's official policy on signs and banners:
Guests are permitted to bring and display banners and signs at Nationals Park as long as they are baseball-related and are only displayed during inning breaks. Such banners and signs may not interfere with the game or other guest's enjoyment of the game. These banners and signs are not allowed to cover any ballpark signage or contain any language deemed inappropriate by the Nationals Management. Banners and signs are not allowed to be paraded through any part of the ballpark at any time. Poles and sticks are also prohibited. The Washington Nationals reserve the right to remove banners and signs from the ballpark for any reason they deem appropriate.
Different groups took different "K" approaches during Strasburg's debut. The fans above, who were sitting in Section 131, just held up an additional K for every strikeout, and reported no problems. Several fans in Section 107, however, were trying to hang their Ks over the railing that connects 106 with 107; twice they were stopped by security, asked to remove the Ks and told that this was not permitted.
I asked Stan Kasten whether there is an official policy for the "K" phenomenon. His reply:
"I don't know that we ever had a separate [policy] about K's, especially since we keep track on the LED board in right field. But I'm gonna meet with the staff this week to discuss and see if any changes are needed, and what makes sense."
Just a fair warning to anyone planning on bringing Ks. Alternatively, you could do what this fan in Cleveland did and just mark each additional K with a straight line.
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