As Stephen Strasburg prepares to throw his first competitive pitch since last year, perhaps no one has felt the effect of the buzz created by his return more than Ben Scheffel. “Ever since it’s been confirmed,” Scheffel said, “the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.”
Scheffel is Class A Hagerstown’s sales executive for ticketing. He oversaw Bryce Harper’s sold out first home game, “but it’s never been this big,” Scheffel said. The Suns have sold 3,000 tickets for Strasburg’s Sunday start, about 2,100 of those sales coming in the past day. Requests keep pouring in. Scheffel expects Hagerstown to resort to selling Standing Room Only tickets Sunday, putting the attendance up around 7,000.
“It’s gone a lot faster than when Harper was here,” Scheffel said.
Strasburg’s start has actually been the second boon this week for Scheffel and the Suns. On July 22, a storm rolled through Hagerstown and knocked out a bank of lights. The Suns had to move night games to the day, and attendance plummeted. Today, the bank was fixed.
“We got our light back,” Scheffel said. “Things are looking upwards.”