Hope you all caught me at 4:45 “On The Block” with Brent Axe on our new flagship, The Score 1260. I shared some of these thoughts from the Nats’ 14-9 win today with Brent….
High of 76 today. Snow unlikely.
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.
The Washington Nationals begin spring training exhibition games this afternoon as the take on the New York Mets in St. Luce, FL. Game time is 1:05 PM with coverage beginning at 1:00 PM on SNY – channel 54 on Time Warner Cable.
Seven former Chiefs players will be in manager Jim Rigglemans lineup that includes:
Nyger Morgan CF
Ian Desmond SS
Roger Bernadina LF
Mike Morse RF
Matt Stairs DH
Wilson Ramos C
Kevin Barker 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jerry Hairiston JR 3B
Chad Gaudin P
The Nationals take on the same New York Mets tomorrow when they open their home slate at Space Coast Stadium at 1:00 PM.
Spring Training is just a week away for pitchers & catchers and with the weather outside less than appealing to the baseball fan we thought we would give you an up-date on former Chiefs listed on major league rosters as non-roster invitees.
A non-roster invitee is not listed on the 40 man roster and usually is assigned numbers in the 60’s or 70’s. He’s usually the first player cut or he is a veteran who waited too long to sign his contract and is desperate for a job.
Anyway, here’s the up-to-the minute list, less of course the parent Washington Nationals:
Boston-Jason Bergmann, Hector Luna
Chicago (AL)-Lastings Milledge
Chicago (NL)-Reed Johnson
Los Angeles (AL)-Kevin Melillo
Minnesota-Chase Lambin, Chuck James
Philadelphia-Erik Kratz, Peter Orr
New York (NL)-Mike O’Connor, Russ Adams, Willie Harris
New York (AL)-Gustavo Molina
Tampa Bay-Felipe Lopez, Ray Olmedo
Texas-David Bush, Kevin Cash, Zach Jackson
San Diego-Guillermo Quiroz, Gregg Zaun
Toronto-WilLedezma, Corey Patterson
San Francisco-Brad Eldred
Enjoy Ft. Myers, Florida, Jason Bergmann.