When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately. As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are sinking and now there are multiple seats available in the $40 range.
A blip? A market correction? The result of the Nationals losing seven of their last ten? I imagine all of these things are at work. I’d also like to think there’s a mass realization that, hey, this kid is going to get more than a dozen starts this year and, given the current trajectory of the Nats, tickets won’t be too hard to get for them.
It certainly can’t be a decline in enthusiasm for Strasburg himself. If that were the case people wouldn’t be trying to do ridiculous things like name their town after the guy.
They should know that such a thing is a totally bad move. Just ask the residents of Van Poppel, California.