Off to spring training
The closest airport to my offseason home in North Carolina is Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad International. It is one of those airports which offers a flight to Toronto once every six months and, thus, labels itself “international.” It has slightly less true overseas verve than Outback Steakhouse.
I normally have better luck flying direct out of Raleigh or Charlotte, each about an hour and a half door-to-door from Winston-Salem. To fly to spring training today, I chose Charlotte and a 10:21 direct flight to Orlando. So, I got in my car this morning and began my Sunday drive to CLT. It rapidly became apparent that today was, indeed, Sunday. The first four stations I clicked to on the radio (including an NPR station) provided me religious music. The fifth station offered “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” There’s something faintly symmetrical there.
The final destination is Viera, Florida, the spring training home of the Nationals. As of this writing, the Chiefs’ parent club is 4-2 this Grapefruit League season, which gives the Nats exactly four more wins than they had in their first 11 games last March.
Keep an eye on the blog and our Inside Pitch podcast for news and notes from Viera along with interviews with former and soon-to-be-Chiefs all week. Also, once Kevin joins me on Thursday, we’ll be filling our YouTube page with video updates from Florida. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know who you’d like to hear from. If you’re nice, I think I can probably take your suggestion and run with it.
Here’s hoping my flight this morning is significantly less turbulent than DePaul’s basketball season.