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There's a haze hanging over Viera this morning, but a beautiful sight is before me right now, the image of a lone groundskeeper raking the dirt by third base at historic (hysteric?) Space Coast Stadium. Intrasquad game is only three hours away. The Super Target is barely visible in the distance. All seems right with the world.

In such a blissful setting, it occured to me that I've been overlooking a key portion of our environs here at historic Space Coast Stadium (hereafter referred to as HSCS). On the third floor, home of the press box, there is a giant whiteboard as you walk in off the elevator. Each day, Mark Rogoff, one of the club's PR guys, provides an update at the top of the board in blue marker. This morning: "34 days until Opening Day." I wouldn't mind an hourly update, but apparently Rogoff has other things to do, though I'm not quite sure what they are.

Underneath, though, the daily breath of fresh air (or at least something that can substitute for the breath of fresh air that 10-foot-tall Teddy Roosevelt provided the other day). Every day, we have a baseball quote provided. Today:

"Bruce Benedict is so slow, he'd finish third in a race with a pregnant woman." -- Tommy Lasorda

Rogoff gets his material from the book "1,001 Baseball Quips and Quotes" by Glenn Liebman, last updated in 2002. Thus, the obvious oversight of no quotes from Nationals Journal is permissable, as this thing only started in 2005, then went away for two years, then reappeared two weeks ago.

Why I have not provided these quotes before, I have no idea. I now pledge to begin Nationals Journal each day with the quote Rogoff lifts from the Liebman book. (Or at least those days when the team is home here at HSCS. Or at least those days when the team is home at HSCS and I remember. Please feel free to comment if I forget, and I'll try to track it down. Yesterday's quote had a local connection. "It's a tax write-off." -- Bob Boone, on getting fined for being ejected.)

On tap today: The aforementioned and highly anticipated Intrasquad Game 1. I'll try to document developments here. Also: I'd like to provide an update on the situation regarding the Nationals public address announcer at RFK Stadium. I mentioned it here and in a notebook last week, and it's caused quite a stir in the "Natosphere," which is to say on blogs and message boards. I've got some stuff to update but am waiting to hear back from a couple folks.

With that, good morning from Viera, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above-average. (And my deepest apologies to Garrison Keillor.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2007; 7:39 AM ET
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Awkward day to be featuring a quote about Tommy and women. :)

Posted by: Sam | February 27, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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