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Just got to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter….a few comments before Vazquez v. Marquis:
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.
Ever wonder what it was like to watch Mozart play the piano at age six?
Stephen Strasburg tossed some pretty memorable pitches today (just ask the radar gun ). He threw two scoreless innings and struck a couple of batters out–Miguel Cabrera on a fastball at 98 and Brent Dlugach on a lethal curveball.
Strasburg did allow two hits, the first of which came from an ’09 Toledo Mud Hen, Don Kelly. The young man from Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State program, though, was generally confounding to both Tigers and electronics.
Clubhouse highlight of the day: A reporter from the Far East asked Strasburg after his start, “What do you think of your new teammate, Chien-Ming Wang?” Collectively lacking a nose for symmetry, the horde of reporters neglected to rush to Wang to ask his opinion of his young comrade from America.
On a personal note, I have eaten dinner at two separate locations so far–with many still yet unexplored. I’m heartened that this city stands by its motto.
Persona non grata of the day: This guy. Remember who came after The Beatles on Ed Sullivan? Me neither.
Check out Inside Pitch for a conversation with Tim Foli and postgame comments from Stephen Strasburg and our YouTube page for video coverage .
Sat with Justin Maxwell’s better half during the ninth inning. They’re expecting another child (a girl) in April. Congrats to them.
Will Dogen come back to life tonight? Is Kate dead? Do any of you embrace Lost like I do?