When team officials arrived at Nationals Park on the morning of June 8, 2010, fans were already gathering outside the gated players-only parking lot. Some of the fans had waited a year for this day, the unveiling of Stephen Strasburg on a major league field, in a Washington Nationals uniform. They called it “Strasmas.”
The ballclub decided to spare Strasburg another vivid reminder of the hype attending his debut. Per the team’s instructions, Strasburg and his wife, Rachel, drove straight into the bowels of the stadium, near a loading dock. Strasburg got out of the car to begin his workday, and to become a big leaguer.