Mar 192012

Today is the only scheduled day off for the Nationals spring training. I was originally going to run these photos — courtesy of Andrew Lang, a.k.a. @Allstars_S2 on Twitter, and [plug][/plug] on the web — last Monday but decided to save them for today, to keep the site “fresh.”

In a perfect world, this would probably be the time I’d be going to Viera: after St. Patrick’s Day, after a couple rounds of cuts, and of course, after the excitement of a new grocery store in town had died down. But as the litany of wails over gambling gone bad the upsets in the NCAA tourney suggest, this ain’t a perfect world.

Enjoy the pics!

  12 Responses to “Scenes From Spring Training”

  1. Do you know how we might obtain the Spring Training stats from Syracuse’s games though the end of the month?


    • Stats aren’t for the minor-league games aren’t released to the public, and sometimes, not even kept. The games are treated more like scrimmages (example: letting an MLB player hit in every inning as a pseudorehab).

      If last year is any guide, we’ll get a few Twitter updates here and there, perhaps a story from a prospect guru (though I believe most of them have come and gone to Arizona) and if we’re lucky, one or two features from the DC beat guys, but day-to-day coverage ain’t in the cards.

  2. Nothing like a new grocery store in town to get the seniors in Viera pumped up. 🙂

  3. Good pics, Luke.

  4. Bryce Harper dips?

  5. Not that I really care about it, but doesn’t the new CBA have language regarding the prohibition of all tobacco products on their person or uniform? While in Viera I saw more than one dip can in back pockets….

  6. we’re watching the minors, hard to really keep track of everyone as both low and high A play at the same time, generally fields back to back. then AA and AAA play the same arrangement. we watched A levels and AA games so far. most of Potomac guys are split between high A games and AA. its fun seeing guys like Curran again. Like Luke mentioned, scores don’t mean anything, just hitting, base stealing and pitching. of course bad fielding stands out like a sore thumb! weather is hot and sunny.

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