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June 19 game to be televised nationally

The Nationals' home game against the Chicago White Sox on June 19 now will begin at 4:10 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on Fox. The center field gates will open at 1:30 p.m., and all gates will open an hour later. The game will not be shown on MASN.

The team also announced TBS will broadcast Sunday's road game against Cleveland at 1:05 p.m. in which Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make the second start of his major league career. The TBS broadcast will be blacked out locally, but the game can be seen on MASN2-HD or WDCW.

The MLB Network announced it will televise the Nationals' June 18 game against the White Sox at 7:05 p.m. Locally the game will be available on MASN-HD.

By Gene Wang  |  June 10, 2010; 7:36 PM ET
 
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I'm not liking what I'm hearing about the June 19th game. Yesterday, Riggleman specifically said he'd keep Strasburg on an every fifth day schedule, regardless of off days. Now FOX is televising the game on Saturday, the 19th, when, according to Riggleman, Strasburg would pitch on the 18th. Is FOX dictating the Nats' rotation schedule now?

Posted by: MJD0624 | June 10, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Well -- I bought tickets for the 19th assuming Stras would be pitching. However. the fact, reported above, that MLB network is televising the game the night before suggests he's pitching the 18th.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman definitely said Strasburg would pitch every 5th DAY, not GAME, meaning Friday, June 18 (according to the Post and Kilgore). I bought tickets for the 18th because of that. But, FOX changing the time of the game on the 19th and broadcasting it makes me nervous.

Posted by: jbsmith1 | June 10, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I feel confident that the Nats, no matter how little you may think of the team management (and I actually like them, I'm just saying that for the benefit of the haters), are not letting a mid-afternoon game on a June Sunday dictate how they handle the most significant asset in team history. FOX may broadcast that game, but the country will be watching John Lannan pitch. Book it.

Posted by: HenryStin | June 10, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals website is saying that the Nationals announced on Thursday that Strasburg will pitch on Saturday the 19th on Fox.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100610&content_id=11041166¬ebook_id=11041174&vkey=notebook_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

But... Ben Goessling says that Strasburg will pitch on Friday on MLB Network.

http://masnsports.com/the_goessling_game/2010/06/tv-plans.html

Which is it?!

Posted by: cassander | June 10, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

csn washington is saying the 18th is when strasburg would pitch next
http://www.csnwashington.com/06/09/10/Zuckerman-Whats-Next-For-Strasburg/landing_09.html?blockID=250503&feedID=2992

Posted by: brittanyb_sm | June 10, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

It would have been nice for the Wanger to provide a bit more information in his post as to what, if anything, this means re Strasburg. He could have removed all of this confusion by just restating what Kilgore has reported to date (that Strasburg should be pitching on the 18th).

Posted by: jbsmith1 | June 10, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

SERIOUSLY WHEN IS STRASBURG PITCHING---FRIDAY OR SATURDAY???!!!!!

Posted by: dovelevine | June 10, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I bought two tickets to the Friday Game. They are obviously screwing with us to raise attendance...and It is def working.

Posted by: Cartaldo | June 10, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I'd put my stock in what mlb is reporting, no what CSN or Zuckerman are saying. They're basing it on what RIggleman said, but he may have misspoken...or he might be overruled by the MLS front office in NYC.

Thanks for the link to the mlb/nats info.
I particularly liked this item on the same page:

"Potomac outfielder Mike Burgess, the 49th overall pick of in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has been selected as a 2010 Carolina League All-Star. This is Burgess' second consecutive appearance in the prestigious game."

Isn't that a bit of a dubious honor, to be selected 2 years in a row as a Carolina League All-Star? I'm sure Burgess would rather have been promoted to Harrisburg...

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

This is so sleazy by the Post and the Nats if true. The Post runs this headline with no clarification as to whether or not Stras will be pitching, knowing full well they told everyone earlier the 18th, which meant everyone went and bought tickets. But why would Fox broadcast the game on the 19th if Stras isn't pitching? And so they run this without the simple line of telling us the one fact we need to know. This is really nasty.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, the Saturday game was moved to 4:10 for Fox's benefit weeks ago. This is NOT a new announcement--it's been listed on the schedule at 4:10 pm for a while now, long before Strasburg came up. So don't read too much into that. Riggleman has said every fifth day, not every fifth game, which points to the 18th being Stras-day (so does MLB adding that game).

I've got tickets for both, just in case!

Posted by: Eyewitness1 | June 11, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

If this is true that Stras is being moved to Saturday, does anyone else besides me care? I mean this would be the 2nd time the Post has written a date, moved the masses to buy on that date, and then the team has changed it.
The Nats website and MLB are reporting Strasburg pitching on the 19th? I'm just curious if I'm the only one who thinks this stinks?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

The Nationals website no longer says that he is or isn't starting on the 19th: http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100610&content_id=11041166¬ebook_id=11041174&vkey=notebook_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

Posted by: Sanookdi | June 11, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I would care in this case because Jim Riggleman went on the radio yesterday and said Strasburg would pitch the 18th. So it wouldn't be the Post, it would be the team doing it this time!

Posted by: JCCfromDC | June 11, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Well, fool me once ...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 11, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

By Greg Rosenstein / MLB.com

06/10/10 8:10 PM ET

* Detwiler impresses in first rehab start
* Riggleman gives Morgan day off
* Prospect Burgess makes All-Star team

WASHINGTON -- TBS will show this Sunday's road game between the Nationals and Indians, Stephen Strasburg's second career start, but it will only be available locally on MASN.

The Nationals' game against the White Sox on June 19 will be broadcast nationally on FOX with Strasburg back on the mound, the team announced Thursday.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 11, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

By Greg Rosenstein / MLB.com

06/11/10 12:40 AM ET

* Detwiler impresses in first rehab start
* Riggleman gives Morgan day off
* Prospect Burgess makes All-Star team

WASHINGTON -- TBS will show this Sunday's road game between the Nationals and Indians, Stephen Strasburg's second career start, but it will only be available locally on MASN.

The Nationals' game against the White Sox on June 19 will be broadcast nationally on FOX, the team announced Thursday.
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note the change, as Sanookdi noticed...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 11, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I mean this would be the 2nd time the Post has written a date, moved the masses to buy on that date, and then the team has changed it.....I'm just curious if I'm the only one who thinks this stinks?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2010 12:48 AM
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No. There are other retentives out there. THe team didn't "change" anything. The Post writers speculated...wrongly. If they had real insight, they might have considered that the Nats had a choice of breaking him against teh team with the best record in the league or the team with the worst record. Surprise They chose the lowly Bucs.

As for the comment above about what Riggleman said -- Did RIggleman say he would pitch on the 18th? Or did Riggleman say every fifth day, and the Post writers ran with that and extrapolated that he wold pitch on the 18th? MY understanding of what Riggs meant -- he was saying that later on in the season, Stras wouldn't be used so regularly. He may have misspoken in saying every 5th day, instead of going out every five games. Or, he really meant every 5th day.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

But now that article has been changed in the last 1/2 hour wiping out Strasburg's name on the 19th.
Would really be nice for some1 to let us know.

MLB.com

06/11/10 12:40 AM ET

Detwiler impresses in first rehab start
Riggleman gives Morgan day off
Prospect Burgess makes All-Star team
WASHINGTON -- TBS will show this Sunday's road game between the Nationals and Indians, Stephen Strasburg's second career start, but it will only be available locally on MASN.
The Nationals' game against the White Sox on June 19 will be broadcast nationally on FOX, the team announced Thursday.

The game will not be televised on MASN, as FOX has exclusive rights to the matchup.

MLB Network will broadcast the June 18 game, though it can also be viewed on MASN.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I have no sympathy for those complaining that the game they bought tickets to might not be a Strasburg start. Whatever game you go to, you will see the Nats play a game that counts just as much as any other.

Posted by: nats24 | June 11, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, SS has really put us on the map! I am going to the Sunday game because I would much rather watch SS pitch on TV to really appreciate his pitches and listen to commentary. We will have more national coverage this month than in the history of the Nationals!

Posted by: Pete433 | June 11, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

I read that SS would pitch every fifth GAME. It seems that is what is happening. He will pitch on Sunday in Cleveland and on Saturday against Chicago. Of course, if a game is rained out his pitching date will change! Sorry to throw that wrench in the spokes.

Posted by: Pete433 | June 11, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Pete433:

Riggleman clearly said every fifth day specifically and not every fifth game.

Posted by: cassander | June 11, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

This is getting ridiculous. I have had tickets to June 19th all year because of the bobblehead, and I would love to see Strasburg pitch, but isn't the fun of baseball having tickets and not knowing which pitcher you will see?

For any other pitcher in the history of the game, no one expected starts to be planned weeks ahead, there are so many variables. I guess that is the problem with an event town, people expect a baseball game with a phenom pitcher to have the same rules as a U2 concert.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | June 11, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Whats the big deal here....just get tickets to both games and enjoy : )

Posted by: cokedispatch | June 11, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Depending on weather the Nats will play a game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The pitchers will be who the will be. People have to be crazy wanting the team to give them a map of when one pitcher will pitch..... If you are a bangwagon fan you probably don't need to go to the game anyway......

later

Posted by: punchdaclock | June 11, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I am terribly sorry, but people who think they have some right to purchase tickets in advance to see a single individual player are deeply deluded if they think they have any vested right in having that player actually play that day.

The lineup card is in flux right up to the moment the manager hands it to the umpire at the start of a game. This is it has ever been and as it always shall be.

Sunday's game will not "ONLY" be available on MASN2 in DC, thank heavens (at least from Verizon customers' point of view). It will be available also on WDCA, NOT blacked out, and in high-def on FiOS channel 503.

But to you people who think you have some God-given right to anticipate baseball lineups, become Nats fans, not Strasburg fans, and then the only way you can be disappointed is when we lose.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | June 11, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

some of the "baseball purist" stuff is a bit much....despite what you may think, this is a business first and a game second.

having ss pitch on sat in front of a national tv audience is a better business move than riggle's inflexible pitch every 5 days platform

the nats can continue to build the bones for a much better team in the long term, to please all of you purists, by making the right business decisions in the short term

Posted by: heatmiser | June 11, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"having ss pitch on sat in front of a national tv audience is a better business move than riggle's inflexible pitch every 5 days platform"

I disagree - here's why Strasburg should pitch Friday June 19:
1. Riggleman said every 5 days - not games - up to the all star break to give him a routine.
2. If he starts the 13th/18th/23rd it will give him 2 home starts on next week's 6 game home stand - pretty good business move to pay off that salary.
3. Starting him 18th/23rd - means he doesn't pitch at Baltimore - you think we want to give Angelos all our revenue (he's getting enough by owning our tv network).
4. MLB network picked up friday's game in last couple of days - Fox guessed on Strasburg-and Obama probably - and picked up and moved the 19th game to 4pm 2 weeks ago - long before strasburg was set beyond June 8th.

I think it's great business on all those levels to pitch SS on the 18th - and other than the erroneous (and removed) reference to SS taking the mound in Rosenstein's annoucement on nationals.mlb.com that is shown above (and corrected now) - we all know it will be the 18th. AND I'VE GOT TICKETS TO THE 18TH - SO IT BETTER BE! :)

Posted by: IwillkickyourrightwingA | June 11, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Doh - hopefully not a freudian slip - I meant FRIDAY JUNE 18TH IN POST ABOVE.....

Posted by: IwillkickyourrightwingA | June 11, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I don't know which game SS will pitch; I've got tickets for both and have had for months, even outside my seasons' tix because Obama will show up at one (or Sunday). But I think everyone is missing a point -- when a baseball guy says pitch every 5th day he means every 5th game unless he's says something specifically to the contrary -- that's just what the jargon means; and 5th calendar day throws every other pitcher off unless they skip Martin or Atliano, although I suspect the Nats would rather have Lannan pitch the day before SS on a regular basis.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | June 11, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

However - all you nats fans snobs - be happy everyone is jumping on the SS bandwagon - they can only become better nats fans in the process. quit lecturing and looking down on people coming over to your team. nobody roots for sucky teams with unexciting players - so adding a national star IS TERRIFIC FOR THE NATS AND FOR YOU. quit being snobs.

I was at a ton of games in 2005 - but they have royally sucked since then. I got sick of coming to nats park and seeing florida kick the s--t out of us every time.

I am undefeated this year at nats park! winning is fun!

also most people are just annoyed if the nats are putting out different info on the subject - you're right that no one has the right to a guarantee of when a pitcher starts - but it appeared that riggles said one thing and a press release (now corrected) said another. it's fine to be vague - but if the team was actually putting out 2 opposing bits of info that wouldn't be good.

book it - Strasburg to pitch in Strasburg-a-palooza I and II at Nats Park Friday June 18th vs. ChiSox and Wed. June 23rd vs. KC.

Posted by: IwillkickyourrightwingA | June 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Riggleman specifically said "every 5th day" and that they would skip other starters in rotation to keep him on that schedule. So he clearly didn't say "every 5th game" - which I agree is normally how it's done.

http://masnsports.com/the_goessling_game/2010/06/riggleman-says-strasburg-every-five-days.html

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said a few minutes ago on ESPN 980 that Stephen Strasburg will pitch every five days, not every five games, until the All-Star break. That would keep him on a more regular rest schedule, though it would also require some juggling in the Nationals' rotation.

Strasburg's next start will come on Sunday in Cleveland. But then he would pitch Friday, June 18, at Nationals Park, not the 19th in the game Fox picked up against the White Sox. He would also start against the Royals at Nationals Park on June 23 instead of pitching at Camden Yards on June 25.

Not sure what this will mean for the rest of the rotation, but I'll update on the logistics of the arrangement once we talk to Riggleman this afternoon about it.

Posted by: IwillkickyourrightwingA | June 11, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Im hardcore, I went to every pirate game in the series..and I am still freeting over my friday ticket purchase..because I really want to see stras live again.

Bandwagon fans are great for the TEAM! More fans the better, because im telling u man, I was at the Rockie Game where we had the lowest attendance ever at that stadium and a then I was at Stras start...and it was a little bit different experience ill tell u that.

Posted by: Cartaldo | June 11, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

i'll stand by my earlier comment that a better business move would be for ss to pitch on sat, versus riggles imposing his inflexible pitch every 5 day rule.

a manager needs to think about the business side, the PR side, as well as the game dimensions. go back to strasburg's first start...why not let him come out to face one more batter, whether he gets the out of not, in the top of the 8th? then he can walk off the mound to a thunderous ovation...that would have made for great theater, and the kid deserved it. why not?...because riggles had his inflexible pitch count determined before the game, which strasburg reached and therefore stayed in the dugout.

is it any coincidence that riggles has a .444 lifetime win percentage as a manager over almost 1200 games? he's never proven that his inflexible style leads to success relative to the game or business side of mlb

Posted by: heatmiser | June 11, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I HATE BLACKOUTS!!! I'd rather watch the game on national television than MASN :(

Posted by: psock1 | June 11, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

If you want to hear it "from the horse's mouth", ESPN 980's "Audio Vault" at

http://triplexespnradio.com/audiovault/#

has the interview Jim Riggleman did with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on Wednesday, following Strasburg's debut.

If you go to the 5:00 mark of the 11:00 interview, you'll hear Loverro ask Riggleman specifically how he'll handle the off day on June 14, which is in between Strasburg's scheduled second and third starts. Riggleman does specifically say he'll start Strasburg every fifth day, according to the calendar, weather permitting, not every fifth game.

As far as Riggleman and buisness decisions --- give it a rest! Riggleman's job is manager -- he's responsible for the on-field decisions that hopefully lead to victories. He's not making those decisions based on national telecasts or how many tickets the Nats will sell on a given homestand.

Posted by: MJD0624 | June 11, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Heatmiser, what precisely qualifies you as an expert on either baseball or business?

Posted by: flotsam3 | June 11, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice if the Nats simply told us if Stras is pitching on the 18th or 19th. Not to hard to do, unless you wanna stretch it out, take advantage of everyone and just sell tickets.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

A lot can happen between now and the 18th. Not to mention, the Nats did have their manager say it would be the 18th unless rain outs or injuries force a change.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | June 11, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, all you people who are saying Strasburg should pitch based on highest revenue opportunities have no idea how this works, and the best thing for a young pitcher is adapting to a schedule. Yes, in baseball, it's every 5 days. Just look at what the Nats did on June 7th, the off day before Strasburg's debut. JD Martin was scheduled to go that day, but he got skipped in the rotation because it was an off day. Thats just how it works.

If you start trotting him out there on a whim because you know you're gonna have a national audience, you're gonna get him hurt, and bye-bye national audience. To the new breed of Nats fans, do your homework on Jim Riggleman and Mike Rizzo. Both of these guys are why the Nationals are as competitive as they are, and I promise you, they could care less about Fox as long as Strasburg stays healthy. Every five days until he reaches 160 innings. Period. End of story. It's just a proven thing in baseball, young arms need to be coddled a bit. He'll have a much longer leash next year.

Bandwagon fans are better than no fans, but they still suck. What makes people in this town willing to watch the 4-12 Redskins more than the .500 Nationals, even on a day when Strasburg isn't pitching?

Posted by: TheBobby | June 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

TheBobby.

you got to first get the bandwagon fans to go to the games and then hopefully those most of those fans turn into real fans.

Like the process of the eam being built, their is a process of the fan base growing in size, sophistication towards the game, and love of the team.

Takes time and SS is an awesome way to get people into them.

Posted by: Cartaldo | June 11, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

What makes people in this town willing to watch the 4-12 Redskins more than the .500 Nationals, even on a day when Strasburg isn't pitching?

Posted by: TheBobby | June 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

They have been brainwashed and brow beaten by what passes for Sports Media in this town.

If you don't believe that please read the Kevin Sheehan blog post on TEM the morning after Strasmus! The guy is an absolute schill for Synder and his "machine"!

Sorry DC media snobs but this ain't a one sport town any longer and in an economy like this you should be counting your lucky stars that its not. Then again most of them don't know the difference between a baseball and a hockey puck!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 11, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Sure it's great to want to see Strasburg, but there is a lot more to the Nats than just this phenom. Dunn is hitting homers more regularly. Willingham is having a career year. The bullpen is shutting down the opposition pretty consistently. The games are entertaining. Enjoy the ride!

Posted by: luv2bikva | June 11, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Can't we all just get along?

To casual fans: get the best information available (in this case, the team saying Strasburg will start every five days weather and injuries permitting) and get your tickets in advance, or just wait until the day of the game and walk up. If you're wrong, stuff happens, and enjoy the game anyway. You might find Natstown is a fun place to be even without Strasburg on the mound.

To the purists: oh, please. I go to 8-12 Nats games a year, and love the game so much I play it in a couple of local leagues ... but there aren't enough fanatics to draw more than 15-18,000 per game. This isn't a private club for purists only. You want history? Whenever there's been a phenomenon like this, the pitcher sells beacoup tickets. Gooden in 1985, Fidrych in 1978, Valenzuela in the 80's when he came in, there games were events. Same with Strasburg. And some percentage of those fans will become baseball lifers, and that's good for the Nats and good for the game. It's great that you've been here the whole time. Don't try to lock the door.

And to the Nats: just be consistent with the information you give out, and make the experience as good as possible. Don't try to game the system. Kudos, btw, for the way the whole staff (from ushers to concessions and everyone in between) handled Strasmas. Keep that up, and the fans will keep coming back!

Posted by: JCCfromDC | June 11, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I dont blame the Post as much as I blame our pathetic excuse for sportstalk radio. 106.7 the Fan (to their credit they were decent with the Caps) and ESPN 980 (the death of this station is really tragic). I mean really, they have some of the most ignorant hosts. 980 is set up to handle Football and basketball, but listening to Doc Walker and John Thompson try to talk about Strasburg probably gave me a few grey hairs. Not to mention JT has his questions written for him. LaVar and Dukes... I really don't have any words. I feel like LaVar was brought there to Snyder-bash and now that there isn't a lot to bash about, he's hopelessly confused.

Posted by: TheBobby | June 11, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Patience people. We'll find out in two days because the first question Riggs will be asked is about Strasburg's next start. Personally, I think it's the 18th. It's Zimmerman bobblehead night, and it's a Friday night. Now granted whether he starts Friday or Saturday, it doesn't matter, the game will sell out anyway but I would think the Friday night game will be a little more marketable and doable for people. And should Obama come in, they could save that for another game in the series. It would be a mistake if they did Strasburg and Obama in the same game. Too much to take in, the world would explode or something.

Posted by: rdelarosa22 | June 11, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

6/18 allows for 6/23, i.e. 2 home games, not 1 home game. Do the math $.

Posted by: rbelleisle | June 11, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

heatmiser: Actually, Riggleman's plan (he's said this) was to bring Strasburg out for one or two batters and then pull him in the middle of the 7th. But he got through the first batters so fast, he decided to let him pitch to the third guy.

I think the best argument against taking out of the game is this: He was six strikeouts away from the all-time record of 20K/game. That's a rarer event than even a perfect game. It's only happened 4 times - Clemens twice, Kerry Wood, and Randy Johnson.

Plus, he was only at 94 pitches. He pitched 120 a few times last year... would it kill him to do it once this year?

The counter argument, of course, is that the kid is pitching every 5 or 6 days this year instead of every 7 like in college and that you want to be as cautious as possible. Plus, Kerry Wood got his 20K in his 5th start ever and within a year had gone down to injury. Not exactly the best example to follow...

Must be deja vu for Riggleman though.

Posted by: cassander | June 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

TheBobby - I don’t listen to local sports talk radio and have no idea what they’re saying. Most commenters I’ve read here and elsewhere certainly don’t want SS to pitch on a schedule that will harm him. We just want some clarity about what that schedule is, and it does appear that the Nats have tried to game the fans and Fox somewhat (tho in Fox’s case, I don’t really care).

rdelarosa22 - Sat is Zim bobblehead day, not Friday.

Posted by: HHover | June 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

rdelarosa22 - According to the Nats' site, Zimmerman bobblehead night is the 19th. (It's also Baseball 101 for Women night so maybe I will LEARN!) We've had tickets for that game for weeks, so it would be a nice surprise if he started. But I am not pinning too much hope on it.

Posted by: amberlynne | June 11, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that the President will be showing up at one of those games next weekend. Do you think he might want to see SS?

Posted by: luv2bikva | June 11, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

My mistake on the bobblehead date. The 6/18 makes sense because as one poster said, it gives him 2 games at home. How much is Strasburg's salary this year? That could be paid off with 3 home starts (assuming the figure of $1.5 mil for his first start was legit).

Posted by: rdelarosa22 | June 11, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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