There was plenty of hype for San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg coming into the season. Amazingly, he has lived up to if not exceeded those expectations.
His name is mentioned in the same breath now with the greatest pitchers in college baseball history. I took a look at Strasburg's place among the best of the best in a story published right here in today's San Diego Union-Tribune.
No wonder crowds come out in record numbers every time he pitches now. A record 3,072 were in attendance two weeks ago when Strasburg beat TCU at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Strasburg makes his final regular season home start Friday against Air Force in a game that was declared a sellout on Monday.
I joked after Monday's press conference that you will know Strasburg's really made if there are scalpers out front of Tony Gwynn Stadium before the game.
It's no joke anymore.
Wednesday, someone had an ad on Craigslist offering four tickets to the game for $40 apiece (face value $7). And they didn't even include a seat — they were for standing room only.