(Stan Kasten in the rain circa 2009. Photo from Getty Images via picapp.)
"Along with Spin Williams and pitching coach Steve McCatty, we had a plan in place since Spring Training [for Baseball Jesus]. We believe he is ready to go. We like that Stephen could bounce back from tough outings."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals.com, 5/31/2010)
At long last, Baseball Jesus is ready (*wink* *wink*)
Stephen Strasburg to debut June 8 at Nationals Park*. The Pirates to play the role of sacrificial lamb.
Plenty of good seats still available...if you're willing to pay a pound of flesh on Stubhub, Craigslist, etc.
Dan Steinberg has every angle of Strasburg ticket mania covered. The game is "sold out": does this mean should we should expect to see as many empty seats at Nationals Park on June 8th as there were seats full of Phillies fans on Opening Day?
Meanwhile...tons of seats still available for June 9: According to anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation, Stan Kasten is doing a little rain dance right now in his office on South Capitol Street.
Taking a quick peek at the schedule for June, if June 8 sticks, Strasburg is lined up to make just two of his first five starts at home, assuming no rainouts:
June 13 @ Cleveland
June 19 vs. Chicago White Sox
June 25 @ Baltimore
June 30 @ Atlanta
Hey, for that Friday night start in Baltimore, do the Orioles trot out Ben McDonald to throw out the first pitch?