Nick Johnson's Hair
I wrote today about the friendship that has developed between Nick Johnson and Austin Kearns, players who will always be linked by that collision two summers ago. What didn't make the story was the fact that after Johnson, Kearns, Ryan Zimmerman, Paul Lo Duca and others had been sitting around the clubhouse, they retired to the office of clubhouse manager Mike Wallace to shoot the breeze some more.
I was walking through the hall when they broke up their "meeting," and Kearns and Lo Duca tracked me down. "Can you run some sort of poll about how Nick should do his hair?" they asked.
Background: Johnson's hair, as I mentioned in the story, is ridiculously close to a mullet right now. He mixes it up from time to time during the year, often shaving everything off and starting new.
So I offer you the chance to help Nick Johnson choose his hairstyle. There is one parameter, laid out by Kearns and Lo Duca: No messing with the back.
(Late addition after a visit to the clubhouse.)
Please have at it. I'll pass on the results tomorrow morning to those involved.
Also: Somehow I ran out of space to discuss Jason Bergmann's "fantastic" outing yesterday (quote from Manny Acta), but I'll deal with it in tomorrow's paper a bit, as it seems as if it might be time to assess the rotation. (Three weeks from today, we'll be in Philadelphia for the Phillies' opener, which is the Nationals' second game.) Matt Chico struggled in the other half of the split-squad day.
And the disappointment of disappointments: Somehow, AP never sent a photo of the sandhill crane yesterday.
Also: Cuts later today (some were made after the split-squad game). And here's your lineup that'll face Justin Verlander and the Tigers today.
Cristian "Babe" Guzman -- 6
Ronnie Belliard -- 4
Lastings Milledge -- 8
Austin Kearns -- 9
Wily Mo Pena -- 7
Luis Jimenez -- 3
Aaron Boone -- DH
Willie Harris -- 5
Wil Nieves -- 2
John Lannan -- 1
Also: Johnny Estrada scheduled to play catch today from 60 feet as he works his way back from elbow problems. Paul Lo Duca has now caught some bullpen sessions and will continue to do so. He will get some at-bats (but not play in the field) during a minor league game on Wednesday, and his target to play in a regular ol' Grapefruit League game remains March 15, which is Saturday.
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