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Nats Parking Signs

Maybe you're familiar with Nats blogger Miss Chatter. Maybe you didn't know that she and I are, technically, co-workers. And that she makes sure everything is right with our blogs. Wild, right? With her annual trip to Spring Training having arrived, she will be blogging both on her site and, at times, in this space. She sent me this late last night.

Since this was such an overwhelmingly popular topic (don't let what Steinberg says fool you), I thought I'd continue the trend of dispatches from Nationals spring training in windy Viera, Florida. My timing was impeccable, leaving snow and plane de-icing to arriving in....cold. Hmm, that didn't work out as planned. But at least there's no run on toilet paper and milk here (hurricane season begins in June).

Just as a flight attendant announced, "please turn off all portable electronic devices and cell phones," I was checking my Twitter feed and saw the news about GM Jim Bowden resigning. I had a feeling something might happen this weekend, but happening as I was sitting on the tarmac, still a flight, baggage claim, and rental car away wasn't what I had in mind! I had enough time to sneak in an 'OMG!' tweet before turning the thing off and hiding it in my lap. Man, that was a rough few hours and it wasn't just the massive amounts of turbulence. I had no idea what was going on.

My news vacuum situation didn't improve either. I drained my laptop battery in order to charge my iPhone on the drive from Orlando to Viera (about an hour with E-Pass, if you care). Turns out the rental car didn't really have E-Pass like the sticker on the windshield boasted. I found out the hard way. I expect several $100 tickets to be waiting on our doorstep when we return, and this trip cannot be expensed by a mere computer administrator, I'm sure!

Anyway, I had little hope of seeing any of the Jim Bowden stuff, but I held out optimism for something....Not that I'm a vulture or anything. I arrived at Space Ghost Stadium just before 4 p.m. yesterday. The game was in the bottom of the 9th, with players up to bat hardly anyone has heard of. I wondered if Bowden was still at the complex. I remembered the signposted parking spaces in the executive lot (see above) and decided to check it out rather than wander around aimlessly.

Wow, they wasted no time! The sign for his spot was hacked off at the base. Gone. Vamos! Only a stub of a post remained as evidence. Ok, to confuse people like me who might want to go ogle the former GM's empty parking spot, apparently they did the same to all the spaces.

Enjoy the snow! Weather here is supposed to turn gorgeous by Wednesday. And the pool is heated.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 2, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
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Enjoy the snow? You're just as mean as Steinberg! Seriously, great to see that you'll be blogging here.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Am I reading that right, Visiting GM?

Posted by: estuartj | March 2, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The game was in the bottom of the 9th, with players up to bat hardly anyone has heard of.

Why were the starters still in that late?

Posted by: twoeightnine_ | March 2, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

289 - you're killing me!

estuartj, it was the best photo I had for when the exec spots were in that lot (taken a couple years ago). Apparently they moved the lot somewhere else, but the shorn off stumps were kind of funny given the day I discovered them. And hey, it was the best info I got that day. Which translates to nothing.

thanks natsfan1a! It's been a dream of mine. Always the admin, never the blogger! Maybe they'll even let me push some buttons and see what the shiny red one does one day.

Posted by: misschatter | March 2, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

And mega thanks to Steinz for letting me play in the bog-box!

Posted by: misschatter | March 2, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Having wonderful time, wish you were here.

Posted by: kennedye | March 2, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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