(The Strasburg Effect, Exhibit 300a.1.4.2: Here's a shot of some A's players watching Stephen Strasburg's MLB debut in the clubhouse before their own game back on June 8. Photo by Getty Images via Daylife.)
"I have never seen anything like this. I have been to a lot of sporting events in this town and a lot of baseball games, and the only thing I can compare it to is an inaugural parade. We get that every four years, and now there’s Strasburg every five days. It’s just been amazing."
(Former Senators announcer Charlie Brotman, via Atlanta Journal Constitution, 6/22/2010)
More Strasburg Effect
A quick, unscientific check of Nationals.com at 9:15 tonight for tickets to Strasmas tomorrow at Nationals Park indicates that there are still plenty of good seats still available throughout the stadium. We were able to find pairs of seats in just about every section. Tomorrow's 4:35 start should be a good test of the Strasburg Effect in D.C. -- we're interested in seeing his drawing power for a mid-week game in 95+ degree heat at rush hour, and how the attendance figure compares to previous mid-week afternoon games (not counting Opening Day). We're thinking 37,000?
The Post's Dr. Gridlock warns of "Headaches on the Horizon" on the transit front for Baseball Jesus's fourth start, just in time for rush hour hell in D.C.
And the Nationals sent an advisory to ticket holders, warning of the potential for rush hour transit woes before Strasmas:
Here's hoping fears of transit woes and/or the scorching heat don't keep people away.