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Strasburg first start is essentially sold out

There are still a few tickets left for the June 8 scheduled Stephen Strasburg debut as part of season-ticket and flex packages, but the game is essentially a sellout at this point, according to Stan Kasten. Season-ticket holders were told on Tuesday they'd have first-come first-served crack at four Strasburg tickets apiece starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, but by 11:41, they were e-mailed an alert that those tickets had sold out.

So that takes us to the secondary market. FanSnap, a ticket search engine that surveys about 60 sites, reports that June 8 tickets were averaging $38.30 in mid-May. That number increased to $70.40 on Monday, $109.73 on Tuesday, and back down to $102.13 on Wednesday.

The lowest priced tickets went from $11.85 in mid-May to $17.85 on Monday to $45.10 on Tuesday and back down to around $32 today.

Tickets to the White Sox series later this month are averaging about $60. In general, according to FanSnap Nats, home tickets average $53 this season.

Meanwhile, tickets for that June 4 game against the Reds? People can't get rid of 'em quick enough. StubHub is currently listing 217 June 4 tickets for $3 or less. For a lovely Friday night game featuring a .500 home team and a first-place road team in the first week of June? Come on, people, buy up those $1 seats; there are more than 3,100 total seats available. (That's nearly as many as for the Strasburg debut date, for which StubHub has 3,975 tickets available, a full 9.5 percent of Nats Park inventory.)

At some point, the key part is enticing all these visiting hordes to come back, and MASN's Bob Carpenter gave it a stab during the middle of Tuesday night's broadcast.

"I do know that we will have folks in our ballpark Tuesday night who maybe haven't been there this year. Maybe they don't have plans of coming back. I hope they do, and I hope the excitement they see on Tuesday night makes them a Nationals fan, not just a Stephen Strasburg fan. I mean, everybody wants to see him pitch, but I hope our fans who haven't been to the park become Nationals fans and they want to come back, because this team has some outstanding players on it who play really good baseball....

I was in St. Louis in '98. There were people who came to the ballpark who didn't care if the Cardinals won or not. All they wanted to see was a home run by Mark McGwire. Were they Cardinal fans, were they baseball fans or were they home run fans? And I'm looking forward to Tuesday night, because any way we can get fans into the ballpark I think is a great thing, and hopefully they'll see something that wants to make them come back. But it's going to be a different kind of night Tuesday, and I'm not sure if we'll all totally be ready for everything we're going to see and hear at Nationals Park on Tuesday. And I think one way or the other, it's going to be very exciting."

GM Mike Rizzo was asked about the buzz in D.C. during a Wednesday morning appearance on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio.

"I've been doing this stuff for 28 years," Rizzo said. "I've never seen a player with the hype and excitement of getting to the Major Leagues as I have with this guy. So the hype and the excitement and the buzz around town is great....With a farm system we think is on the come, we see great things, and so does the fan base of Washington, D.C."

(Wednesday Wash Post ad image via @Kevin_Reiss)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2010; 2:22 PM ET
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...and Strasburg gives up 6 runs on 8 hits and gets yanked after 3 1/2.

Embrace the negativity, folks! It's DC, that scenario is guaranteed to play out.

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | June 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I just got a pair for $18/each through the New Era flex plan, so there are still some available.

Posted by: wmsheppa | June 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I got a pair for $22 each in section 237 through the New Era plan.

Posted by: diheedral | June 2, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to be sleeping on the $5 day of game tickets. Is it that those who plan on going that route don't want others to know, or do people not understand that there are 2 full sections of the stadium that are always held back to be sold day of at $5 a piece?

This may be the first time you actually have to show up more than 3 hours before the first pitch to secure a $5 ticket.

Posted by: Russtinator | June 2, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

picked up the flex plan as well, section 139 row T for Tuesday, and hopefully, I guessed right on my other 2 picks as to the way the rotation will work out, and those will be SS starts as well.

Posted by: Rogueone | June 2, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are playing the Pirates. I dispute that this is a Major League Debut. The Pirates are a AAA team.

Posted by: TJ1743 | June 2, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I also have friends who got tickets through the new ERA flex plan. They bought for the 8th and two other games during the season. So, hardly "sold out".

I don't see why that keeps being the headline here at the Post.

Go Nats!

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I got two through the flex plan Wednesday, and four from STH yesterday. And I won't even be in town. Family and friends benefit.

Posted by: markfromark | June 3, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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