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Fans booed at Nationals Park when the curtain went up and they learned that Miguel Batista would be playing the role of Stephen Strasburg for last night’s performance against the Braves.
Batista delivered a line as well as Strasburg would have: Five innings, no runs, three hits, six Ks.
I wasn’t there in person and hadn’t paid for a ticket. I was “watching” the game on MLB.com’s amazing “Gameday” set-up when Strasburg wouldn’t be in the cast. But I was right there with the boo birds. I hadn’t had that sinking feeling since finding out Fantasia sat out a night of “The Color Purple” and Saycon Sengbloh was foisted on the fans.
The musical’s producer, Oprah Winfrey, offered refunds in Fantasia’s absence. That’s entertainment. The Nats do not give money back if the star doesn’t perform.
‘Course, “inflammation in the shoulder” was pegged for Strasburg’s absence; Fantasia benched herself because her boyfriend was in town. But still…
The Nats ran commercials on MASN for days leading up to the Atlanta game that Strasburg was going to pitch. If you’re going to promote a guy like he’s in the lead role, and a standby fills in, shouldn’t folks get their money back?