Strasburg has MLB's top selling jersey
As noted, Donovan McNabb has the second-hottest selling jersey in the NFL. That seemed pretty good. But then along came Stephen Strasburg, who -- in the month of June -- had the top selling jersey in all of baseball. Since Alex Ovechkin is annually either No. 1 or No. 2 in NHL sales, this is potentially an unprecedented era.
Ah yes, surely these are the golden days of D.C. sports, at least as measured in national jersey sales numbers.
No, this is actually quite remarkable. According to MLB:
* More than 78,000 Strasburg jerseys were sold through July 1, making his the top-selling Nats jersey of all time. Yes, in one month he outpaced the entire career of Ryan Zimmerman for jersey sales.
* Strasburg's jersey was the best-selling MLB model in June, and he is believed to have sold more jerseys in that month than any player in his first month in MLB history. Take that, Cy Young.
So, is Strasburg the savior of the franchise? This was Stan Kasten, last month:
"I think you are going overboard. Baseball is not that way. Baseball takes 25 guys, and it take 200 guys in the Minor Leagues to get your 25 guys. One player doesn't push you over the top. I often make the comparison, if you are in the NBA, and you draft Kobe Bryant, you draft Shaquille O'Neal, you draft LeBron James, then you are going to the Finals. That doesn't happen in baseball. It takes 25 guys."
To win, sure, whatever. But financially, you'd have to guess that Strasburg sales outpaced those of the other 24 Nats, combined, in June.
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