Yes, I'm late
One of Manny Acta's rules here at spring training is to be on time, and by on time, that means being here early. My apologies for checking in at 1:30 p.m. I am, however, doing this prior to a quick run to Panera. Self-kudos for that.
Stan Kasten's two-day swing here wrapped up a little while ago, and he's headed to Atlanta for the weekend before going back to D.C. Mark Lerner, son of patriarch Ted Lerner, will be making a brief appearance here in the next few days. Mike Shapiro, who runs the business side of the Nationals, was down earlier in the week and will return next week. So lots of heavyweights around. Boz addressed the feeling of normalcy that having ownership in place in spring training provides in a column earlier this week. Seems like legitimate stuff.
More live BP today, and guys are starting to draw conclusions about pitchers that they're seeing. GM Jim Bowden's assessment: "Talk to me on March 15." The point is this: Pitchers can look like they have good breaking stuff or an outstanding changeup in batting practice or a bullpen session, but they have to show it in games. None of this stuff going on now can truly matter for evaluation.
Which brings us to the next point: Games need to begin. Like, yesterday. These guys had their first full-squad workout on Tuesday, just a few days ago, but so many of them were here early that they feel ready to go. And when do the games begin? A week from today. Feels like an eternity.
One other development: Shortstop Cristian Guzman threw today during infield practice, the first throwing he's done since he arrived. He didn't zip the ball or go all-out, instead lobbing it. He said he wanted to take it slow and ease back into it, but he does believe he'll be ready when games start. Manny Acta: "The important thing is for Cristian Guzman to be ready in April, not in March." So the team is playing this cautiously.
I'll check in later on.
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