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Strasburg Special

The Nationals are offering fans an opportunity to attend Friday's Stephen Strasburg news conference. From the news release:

The Washington Nationals will offer tickets for $1, based on availability, in the LF/RF Corner (Sections 108 through 110 and 135 through 137), LF Box (Sections 103 through 107) and LF/RF Mezzanine (201 through 205 and 223 through 235) for Friday evening's game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets may be purchased on-line beginning today at noon, by visiting www.nationals.com/one. The Nationals will make an additional 1,000 tickets available for $1, in the sections listed above, for purchase at the Nationals Park Main Box Office on Friday from noon until 2:00pm. There is a limit of two tickets per transaction on all online and walk-up purchases.
All tickets for Friday's game will allow fans to view the press conference announcing Stephen Strasburg as the newest member of the Washington Nationals, weather permitting*. The press conference will take place on the field at 2:00pm. Fans may enter the ballpark through the Center Field Gates beginning at 1:30pm and will have access to the seating area behind the Visitors' Dugout on the third base line. Following the press conference Nationals Team Officials will participate in a 30-minute question-and-answer session with those in attendance. The seating area will remain open, giving fans an exclusive close-up view of Nationals Batting Practice.

By Alexa Steele  |  August 19, 2009; 12:24 PM ET
 
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Comments

Cue Lerners AREN'T Cheap. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

looking to sell 15.67m tickets for this one!

Posted by: 1of9000 | August 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Very cool promotion. Good for them. I wonder if Rizzo will be at the press conference, still hanging out to dry.

Posted by: Section222 | August 19, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

...or maybe they announce at the news conference that Rizzo's been appointed GM...?

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 19, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

If he's there, the first question I would ask at the press conference would be, "Mr. Rizzo, what's your job status? Mr. Kasten, please feel free to comment as well."

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 19, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ahmmm ... Rizzo is still the Asst. GM. He still has that title. They have not been seeking anyone for that position.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice Nick Johnson is hurt? He's hoping rest will avoid trip to DL, but isn't likely to play in the current series. Tweaked a hamstring. Not sure how, since he doesn't run too fast anymore... Anyway, another plus in Rizzo's column - it was only a matter of time before he got hurt. And given his "slow" recoveries in the past, I wouldn't bet on "rest" being a quick solution here either...

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090818&content_id=6487782&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Posted by: cdstej | August 19, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the Lerners led by Mark are into "the look". Rizzo acts the part of old school baseball man like his father. While the other applicants appear to be your typical "metrosexual" types. My suspicions stand.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse


Now that Stephen Strasburg is in, could Mike Rizzo be out? Well, that was what people were saying. But don't buy it.
While YahooSports.com reported that Diamondbacks vice president and former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto will be named the Nats' new general manager, sources told ESPN Insider's Keith Law it's not true.
DiPoto, Rizzo and Red Sox assistant Jed Hoyer were considered the finalists for the Nats' job.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 19, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone else notice Nick Johnson is hurt?"

Yeah, I have him on my fantasy baseball team and he has been out since midway through the first game of Sunday's double header.

Posted by: twinbrook | August 19, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a re-entry question about Strasburg that won't have a catastrophic answer.

I wonder if they'll let ticket holders re-enter the park later in the day. I already have tickets for Friday night, and I work nearby. Was thinking of heading down for the conference, then going back to work for a few hours. The park is nice and all, but I don't know if I want to spend 10 August hours there. Any guesses?

Posted by: bryc3 | August 19, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@bryc3 -- I left a message for my STH rep to ask the same question. Will let you know what he tells me.

Posted by: Section222 | August 19, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"I suspect the Lerners led by Mark are into "the look". Rizzo acts the part of old school baseball man like his father. While the other applicants appear to be your typical "metrosexual" types. My suspicions stand."

Sorry, guy. I've seen Mark Lerner up close and in pictures. Mark Lerner is about as far from a metrosexual as you could ever get. Probably he doesn't even know what a metrosexual is. Thinks it's someone who does the mile-high club thing in the subway.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Did the world stop spinning?

Heyman has some compliments (for once):
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_heyman/08/19/nationals.strasburg/index.html

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 19, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Heyman:
"Boras said on Tuesday that it was never his intention to match Matsuzaka's money and that Strasburg was very happy with the deal, which is quite believable. Boras also said he judges his deals by his client's reaction, so he felt very good about things. Boras spoke very kindly about the way the Nationals approached the process and suggested they handled it like a pro operation. Of course, those positive feelings may come partly from the record-setting figure."

Boras to Rizzo...I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 19, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a GREAT idea!

Share the love and the goodwill after the SS signing! Spend the afternoon at the park, and spend many hours chipping in to pay off that contract!

They really need to finalize or at least nip the Rizzo situation before this event, however, to keep the vibe positive.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Do you have a link or source for this? Thanks.

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Now that Stephen Strasburg is in, could Mike Rizzo be out? Well, that was what people were saying. But don't buy it.
While YahooSports.com reported that Diamondbacks vice president and former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto will be named the Nats' new general manager, sources told ESPN Insider's Keith Law it's not true.
DiPoto, Rizzo and Red Sox assistant Jed Hoyer were considered the finalists for the Nats' job.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 19, 2009 1:04 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie Belliard just declared himself an open metrosexual.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | August 19, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/features/rumors#2558

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 19, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

And here's the response from Keith Law on ESPN Insider's:

Now that Stephen Strasburg is in, could Mike Rizzo be out? Well, that was what people were saying. But don't buy it.

While YahooSports.com reported that Diamondbacks vice president and former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto will be named the Nats' new general manager, sources told ESPN Insider's Keith Law it's not true.

DiPoto, Rizzo and Red Sox assistant Jed Hoyer were considered the finalists for the Nats' job.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

So its kinda crazy how many Nationals are arbitration eligible in 2011 according to the Post. On the list:

Willingham, Morgan, Dukes, Gonzalez, Flores, Lannan.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 19, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

ESPN post contradicting the Yahoo report posted at 10:07AM ET

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Is "Listach" German for "hold the runner" ?? Why they don't force the Rockies make the play at Home with 2 outs last night is beyond me.

You don't get tagged out at home when one of your best players is coming up to bat."

BS. You don't bet on getting a base hit with 2 outs against the other club's closer when the fastest guy within 100 miles is rounding the bag and the ball is bouncing 150 feet from home plate. Listach has to send Morgan on that play 10 out of 10 times, makes no differnce who is coming up.

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Just because you don't agree with it, doesn't mean it's BS. It happens to be a timeless piece of third base coach conventional wisdom, I'm sorry that you disagree.

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

>Tweaked a hamstring. Not sure how, since he doesn't run too fast anymore...

Posted by: cdstej

Probably from carrying around that lead pipe he has embedded in his leg.

Posted by: Brue | August 19, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i was wondering the same

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I wonder if they'll let ticket holders re-enter the park later in the day. I already have tickets for Friday night, and I work nearby. Was thinking of heading down for the conference, then going back to work for a few hours. The park is nice and all, but I don't know if I want to spend 10 August hours there. Any guesses?

Posted by: bryc3 | August 19, 2009 1:04 PM

Posted by: DCguy7 | August 19, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

HAHA -- one of my "verification words" to purchase this online ticket was:

$23.7-million

Glad that wasn't the actual figure!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"So its kinda crazy how many Nationals are arbitration eligible in 2011 according to the Post."

When I first saw that, I wasn't really surprised. I mean, "arbitration eligible" could be divided further into the year of their eligibility. For instance, in 2011, Willingham will be in his last (or 3rd) year of arbitration eligibility. Dukes will be in his 2nd. A. Gonzalez will be in his 1st? But I like the graphic, in general.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 19, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"And here's the response from Keith Law on ESPN Insider's:

Now that Stephen Strasburg is in, could Mike Rizzo be out? Well, that was what people were saying. But don't buy it."

Ooooh. Cat fight between the rumor-mongering p*ssies. Rear.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Update for @bryc3. I've been told that people who attend the press conference on Friday will be able to get a wristband from Guest Services (next to the main Nats Store on the lower level) for reentry if they want to leave the park.

Posted by: Section222 | August 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

John Kelly is trying to help the Nationals out, lend him some NJ support:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/commons/2009/08/all_hail_our_right-handed_savi.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

FYI - Tickets for Friday's special says "sold out" on the site now.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Wish I was in town for this event. This is a great event on so many levels. Cheap tickets say "thank you" to the fans who are sticking with the team through hard times. It says welcome to potential new fans brought in by the SS buzz. It's a great gesture to give fans unusual direct access to the press conference (instead of having to wait for Ladson and/or Harlan to write a summary). It's a great way to bring everybody closer to the unveiling of a (hopefully) future star.

I just hope they make some statement about the future of the GM position before this event. I also would not be surprised to see them selling Strasburg jerseys!

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Did the world stop spinning?

Heyman has some compliments (for once):
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_heyman/08/19/nationals.strasburg/index.html

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What exactly would he have complimented before? Heyman doesn't hate the Nats, he just points out that they are (or at least have been) a terribly run team that performs equally teribbly. It's not bias, it's reality.

Posted by: pondaz | August 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who sees no reason why Rizzo and Dipoto can't be part of the same management? Firstly right now we have an assistant and no GM. We have Stan the-not-a-baseball-man Running the whole show. Why can't three men fill those three jobs with Stan running the business and not the baseball. Which would play to his strengths. Rizzo be in charge of baseball operations and trading, his strengths and Dipoto can be GM and what-ever-else is left.

Posted by: soundbloke | August 19, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Email just received from MASN:
-- MASN will provide live coverage of the Nationals news conference Friday introducing recently-signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

The news conference is Friday at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised live on MASN and MASN HD.


For more information, please visit www.masnsports.com

Posted by: HALjr | August 19, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link and info, GoNatsTerps and periculum.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

No offense, but this was old news when it was posted. It was news before noon, when tickets went on sale (I learned of it from other NJ posters).

I got some seats in the RF corner that I'd $30 each for last year vs. the Cubs. Can't help but remind me of how the Expos cut ticket prices in their last year and started drawing 30K a game.

If they keep Rizzo, I'm doing a moratorium on Lerner-bashing. Mazel tov!

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 19, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, guess everyone's in the new posts.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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