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Life in Viera: Boring

The highlight of my first two days in Viera has likely been my morning golf cart rides with Manny Acta from stadium to practice fields. On today's trip, I was grilled about why I'm a vegetarian, how I get protein in my diet, and how it's possible to be a vegetarian with high cholesterol. (The answer: pizza.) This eventually led to Acta and his coaches talking about the various places to get fine South American food in Central Florida, complete with a discussion of some sort of Colombian (?) delicacy involving fried pork skins, whose juices literally splash all over your face when you take a bite. And also Ted Williams's swing, which is Acta's favorite swing of all time.

But those conversations aren't what draw people to set up their homes in Viera. In this video, Viera residents Jason Bergmann, Matt Chico and Shaun Hill discuss the peculiar charms of the Nats' Spring Training home. Somehow Thai Paradise never came up.

By the way, blog icon Dmitri Young made an appearance this morning, strolling through the clubhouse with one of the better baseball goatees you'll ever see and fist-bumping various teammates. Did he discuss his beard? He did not.

"Not talking this year," he told the media crowd. "I'll say 'Hi' to you guys," he added, with good humor.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2009; 9:44 AM ET
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Dan, you are freakin' funny. What do we have to do to make you a full time baseball guy?

Also, is there some kind of bet going on between all you sports writers on who can paint the most dismal picture of Viera?

The snark about the place is out of control. Funny as hell, but out of control.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Da Hook's not talking, huh? Well that is why they pay you the big journalist bucks. Get close to the guy and get the story!

Posted by: WebberDC | February 18, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the video and posts. I agree with NatsNut re. high upside as a baseball writing prospect. "It's a good story, it's funny, you're a funny guy."

Congrats to Matt Chico on the new addition to his family (not sure about the new 'do, though).


Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Did Meat Hook also specify no pictures? Inquiring minds want to know how he's looking.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Viera is an antiseptic retirement suburb plopped down in the middle of nowhere. Cocoa Beach (where you're actually staying) is a semi-seedy beach town. Satellite Beach and Melbourne Beach have it bit more to offer if you don't want a tatoo or a massage. Some decent restaurants (probably even some vegetarian ones) if you go south to Eau Gallie Blvd or Hwy 192 along A1A.

Posted by: ramgut | February 18, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Beer and fries are also vegan, which may help to explain the statures of some of the portlier vegetarians like Prince Fielder - and me.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 18, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: gretchenrose | February 18, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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