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The Dreamcoats

So Jerome Williams is one of the folks on the endless list of characters that could end up in the Nationals' rotation. (Slogan: You, too, could pitch for a big league club.) Some things to know about Jerome:

1. Pitched for Cubs and Giants in majors.
2. Grew up in Hawaii, but loves the cold.
3. Doesn't go back to Hawaii in offseason. Lives in Fresno (which, I guess, is basically the same thing, right?).
4. He wears these jackets that ...

This is where I wish our crack photog, Jonathan Newton, was allowed into the clubhouse. (No cameras in the clubhouse before games at spring training. It's one of those things all-powerful writers did long ago to give them more space. Frankly, I'm fine with it most of the time (or more than fine with it), except when I would like photos of ...)

How to describe them? Uh, colorful would be one way. Creative, perhaps another. Hideou ... no, I won't go there.

"I just like them," Williams said as a way of explaining why, every day I've seen him, he's had a different multi-colored jacket on as he comes to or leaves Space Coast Stadium. Some have had yellows and greens and pinks, others reds and blues and yellows. Today's: Kind of a purple and turquoise and black look.

"I've got about 15 of them," he said. No one brand. No one color. No one style. "You'll probably see me with a different one on tomorrow."

By then, maybe I'll ask Newton to track him down for a photo.

News: Not much going on today. All the position players have arrived in town or are on their way. (Bernie Castro, who I said wasn't here yet, rolled through the clubhouse maybe 30 minutes after I wrote that. Frank Diaz was supposed to get in a bit late.)

Manny Acta said tomorrow -- the first full-squad workout -- will probably be the most hectic day of camp, what with pitchers throwing their final bullpen sessions before beginning live batting practice the following day. There'll be 72 players on the four fields, so it'll kind of be crazy. Things should settle down from there.

Oh, here's a bit of "news." Esmailyn Gonzalez, the shortstop the club signed from the Dominican Republic last summer for $1.4 million (and who I wrote about when I went down to the D.R. in December, but I still don't know how to do those cool link things that Steinberg can do and if he was even reading my blog he would at least email me or message me or call me and tell me how he does that stuff but it's pretty apparent that I lost him a long time ago and he's not giving me the same courtesy that I give him by reading his blog or bog or whatever he calls it) came into town today. His agent is now Stanley King, who also represents Cristian Guzman. (I know what you're thinking. Be nice.) Gonzalez is very smiley (his nickname) and is being shown around by Jose Rijo (all but his surrogate father) and said he is excited to be here (through Rijo as a translator) and will join the other minor leaguers as they begin to roll in for the "accelerated program" that high-end minor leaguers are invited to. I'll definitely write an update on Gonzalez once he gets rolling in camp and gets a bit more accustomed to life here in Viera.

Off to lunch for a minute. Decisions, decisions ...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 19, 2007; 1:17 PM ET
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