Yes, it's true -- and the $$$$$$$ club
So apparently Jim Clarke is, indeed, out as the public address announcer at RFK. According to people who would know, there was a tryout, in which Clarke was included, and there was one candidate who stood out above the rest, and it was not the incumbent PA announcer, and a change has been made.
Again, as I said earlier, this is an indication that every single thing -- including things much smaller than this -- will be scrutinized. Very interested in fan reaction to this move, assuming people care (and I know there are some who do).
Also: The lunch spread during spring training has been a bit paltry, cold cuts and a giant box of hard-boiled eggs on most days. But the other day came a huge buffet from Boston Market, chicken and turkey and potatoes and fixin's, etc. Courtesy of Ray King, as it turns out. Today, a Latin-influenced meal of ground beef, shredded chicken and pork with grilled bananas or plantains, etc. Courtesy of Cristian Guzman, as it turns out. Tomorrow? BBQ, courtesy of Brian Schneider, as it turns out.
The deal? "It's the millionaire's club," said Javy Castro, one of the assistant clubhouse managers. Basically, anybody making a million bucks (and these days, who among us isn't, really) buys the spread one day before games. On this team, that's not many dudes. But Chad Cordero is the newest member. "We've got people ahead of him," Castro said.
Nationals President Stan Kasten spoke to the team before the workout, and he said -- as did the players -- that he delivered much the same message as he's delivered to the public, which is that he considers this to be a very exciting time for the Nationals, that there are lots of opportunities, etc. He and GM Jim Bowden then watched parts of the workout, with media following them around like lemmings. (And yes, when needed, I can be a pretty good lemming.) Make sure you watch Jon Forsythe's video of Kasten addressing the cameras if you're interested in hearing Stan's Plan straight from the Man.
Wally's checking on the jersey sizes and stuff like that. May not get to it till tomorrow. "We've got some big boys," he said, maybe 10 or 12 at size 56. Woah.
Back after lunch -- and some actual work.
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