ESPN is giddy.
Considering that Nationals Park sold out within two hours of the team announcement of Strasburg's first MLB start and that over 200 media credentials have been passed out (three times more than normal), it is safe to say that tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates is - by far - the biggest game ever in Washington Nationals history.
Tonight's game will be just the second sellout for the Nationals this season - a fact made more special because weeknight games are usually tough draws for any MLB home game. Currently the Nationals are 24th (out of 30 teams) in the league in home game attendance.
Nationals Park will, undoubtedly, not look like this tonight.
The only other game to sellout at Nationals Park this year? Opening day, when current U.S. president Barack Obama threw out the first pitch.