(When, what to my wondering eyes should appear? But an Ace. Photo by UPI/Alexis C. Glenn.)
Twas the night before Strasmas, when all through Nats Park
Not a Lerner was stirring, not even Mark
The stockings were hung by the bullpen with care,
In hopes that St. Stephen soon would be there.
Jim Riggleman was nestled all snug in his bed,
While visions of .500 danced in his head.
And Stan Kasten in his ‘kerchief, and I in my Curly W cap,
Had just settled our brains for a short summer's nap.
When out on the infield there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter.
Away to the Red Porch I flew like a flash,
Cracked open a $10 beer and threw up more cash.
The promise of the arm of the new-risen Ace
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects in last place
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Baseball Jesus, and eight tiny reindeer.
In the spirit of Strasmas Eve we thought we'd take a crack at wrecking the old Christmas classic, but we ran out of gas. Please, feel free to continue.
Strasburg-mania is in full swing at this hour, complete with a Haiku contest still running over at DC Sports Bog and reports of a bunch of new tickets being made available by the Nats. Nationals Fanboy Loooooooser captures the spirit of Strasmas Eve quite nicely.
And MASN is clearly reaping the benefits of the Strasburg Effect. According to Washington Business Journal, ad inventory for tomorrow night's broadcast of The Miracle on South Capitol Street is sold out:
MASN is expanding its postgame show from a half-hour to a full hour on Tuesday for its local-market coverage of Strasburg’s debut. Ad inventory for the broadcast is fully sold out, with rates doubling typical Nationals games, and network officials expect further spikes in ad sales as the season progresses.
(via Washington Business Journal, 6/7/2010)
Does this mean the end of those godawful Luna ads?
Between the Bryce Harper pick tonight and Strasburg's debut tomorrow, it seems like a good time to thank the Lerner Family, Stan Kasten, and Jim Bowden for two consecutive 100-loss, worst-in-baseball teams. It was worth it!