Strasburg ticket spike continues
I'm no expert at reading the Strasburg ticket market, but it appears that there's still one out there. StubHub lists more than 3,000 tickets for Friday's installment of Strasmas. For the other three remaining games on this homestand -- Thursday, Saturday and Sunday -- StubHub has just 2,200 or so tickets for sale, combined. So people are trying, anyhow.
And FanSnap suggests they're succeeding. The site, which summarizes secondary market trends, says Strasburg still is the biggest mover of ticket prices in baseball, and that the average secondary market price for Friday night's start is $75.87, compared to $28.80 for the other two weekend meetings with the Giants. That's the 163 percent increase referenced above. There are still plenty of secondary tickets to that start priced below $20, but at the high end, the prices rise.
Eric Karabell and Seth Everett interviewed Nats President Stan Kasten on Thursday, and he suggested -- when discussing the All-Star game -- that Strasburg is the game's biggest pitching draw.
"I think on the merits, probably the argument that he should play in the game was a stronger one," he said. "Because if the game is about the best players at the time, it's hard to say frankly that there are 12 pitchers better than him, even at this early stage. And if it's about what the fans want to see, well I don't think there's a single pitcher that the fans want to see more.
"Having said that, the less distractions, the more time he can have to decompress from the insane amount of attention that he's had, we think is better for him, so we're very very comfortable with him not making the team. And I have to tell you personally, I know Stephen is as well. Stephen has been embarrassed by the amount of attention that he's had. He feels like he's brand new, he hasn't earned it. He's so concerned about what his teammates are gonna think about all this attention that he gets because he hasn't earned it yet."
With Kasten's NBA background, he was also asked about LeBronukah. His approach was worthy of several bags of chocolate coins:
"I think from now on, every time I have a decision to make I'm gonna do it on a one-hour special on ESPN. I like that approach. What I don't like, this insane media attention, the entire country, all of the assembled media, breathlessly paying attention to this. I'm outraged. And I think they should all get back to covering Stephen Strasburg, where they belong."
In other Strasburg news, please read Yahoo's account of how an 11-year old Strasburg melted down during one travel event, despite the best efforts of his catcher, Mike Leake. It's fascinating. And for that matter, also read Yahoo's column on Drew Storen's plans to go back to school at Stanford during the offseason.
Oh, and Kasten said if the team can identify five starting pitchers before the end of this season, they'll be ready to contend next year.
"I think realistically, if we can identify a solid 1 through 5 rotation by the end of this year, then we should think about next year," he said. "We absolutely should. Then we'll be ready to go. Then we'll be ready to compete and even contend, if we identify the remaining pieces we need among position players. But if we have a solid 1- 5 rotation - Strasburg, Zimmermann, Detwiler, whoever - if we have that, we should think about next year. We shouldn't be waiting any longer."
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