Spring Training notepad: Sunday, March 18th
It’s our last full day here in Florida. While the thought of attempting to miss tomorrow’s flight sounds tempting–six straight days of glowing sunlight is a beautiful thing–…..there actually may not be a suitable predicate to that sentence. Here are some notes that have come up in the last 24 hours:
-The Nationals and Marlins played to a 1-1 tie yesterday at Space Coast Stadium. The Nats had runners at the corners with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, but a baserunning error turned a Jhonatan Solano lineout into a double play.
-Stopped over to the minor-league complex for a while and caught up with a few former Chiefs including Lee Hyde and Jeff Mandel. In a camp full of relief pitchers, they’re hopeful they’ll be back in Syracuse this year.
-A few days ago, we mentioned Erik Arnesen here as someone who got caught in the numbers game in 2011 and spent the vast majority of the season in Double-A. He threw in an intrasquad game yesterday and gave up a few hits (official stats aren’t kept).
-As Arnesen came off the field, he strode right over to a stroller behind home plate. He picked up his son Arik and walked back to the clubhouse. Later, we got a chance to chat with Erik’s wife Heidi who explained that Arik is an old Norse name. They’re lovely people and we hope to see them in Syracuse this year.
-Here’s a story from the venerable Washington Post scribe Dave Sheinin on Steve Lombardozzi, who may make the Nats as we discussed yesterday: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/lombardozzi-states-his-case-for-making-team/2012/03/16/gIQAMn9BHS_blog.html
-Henry Rodriguez still throws hard.
-Neat moment late in yesterday’s game when Donovan Solano came to the plate for Miami with brother Jhonatan catching for the Nats. Kevin noted that it didn’t seem like Jhonatan said anything to his sibling at the plate. And that’s exactly what happened. When we asked Jhonatan after the game if he said anything, even under his breath, he said, “No. When we play, no.”
-The Chiefs play at 1:05 today. We’ll split our time there and over at Space Coast.