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Have a seat

Hard to say what was more important, the Nationals' first full-squad workout down at the team's minor league complex (named after the incomparable Carl Barger) or the work here at Space Coast Stadium, where much drilling and hammering and other loud noises that don't make this place exactly akin to a library has led to ... well, I'm not sure. The seats still aren't in.

There is, however, a crane-like thing on the field right now. Still much work to be done.

Also lots of work to be done on the field. I apologize today for both the lack of posts and the lack of wit (which, I suppose, is a daily occurence), but it was rather hectic around here. I'll leave you with this, though:

As a group of hitters finished taking batting practice, kids were clamoring near the fence at Field 3 (named by Carl Barger) for an autograph from Ryan Zimmerman. He said he had to continue to work out, would sign later, and went on his way. Other players did the same.

Here came Manny Acta. The manager has been active, jovial, smiling and occasionally intense during the first week of camp. But he was done.

"Those guys have to do their conditioning," he told the kids. "You can grab them later. I don't have to do conditioning, so I'll sign," and he signed each and every one.

The workouts aren't exactly a thrill down here (though you can pick up fascinating information since you're so close, and really learn how the guys go about their work), but there are great opportunities for autographs and interaction.

Oh, and Boz is here. Showed up wielding his usual notebook full of stats and had me guess the player who matched a specific line of statistic. A fun game. He's like the Bob Barker of that show, "The Stats are Right" or some such thing. So much going on in that head. Look for him for four straight days from here.

I'll talk to you tomorrow. Hopefully, more posts, and far more hilarity. We'll see.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 20, 2007; 7:01 PM ET
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