Morning in Vegas
It's just after 9 a.m. here at the Bellagio. The blackjack tables are packed, the night owls are starting to ooze back in from the nightlife circuit, and my room service continental breakfast of muffin, criossant, orange juice and coffee cost $30.25, with tip. This is going to be an interesting week.
A new twist this year: A lot of players apparently are making appearances at the meetings, giving them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with teams. (The Mets, for example, dined last night with closer Francisco Rodriguez.) I'm assuming this has more to do with the locale than with the cordiality. People, especially those with a lot of money, apparently like this place. I doubt we'll see the same thing next year in Indianapolis.
I know everyone is itching for news. Be patient. Things will get cooking later today, and most likely build to a crescendo by Wednesday. I'll be blogging as frequently as possible -- both here (for Nationals news) at NJ and (for non-Nationals nuggets) at Baseball Insider. I'm scheduled to meet with Jim Bowden tonight at 5 p.m. Vegas time (8 p.m. in Washington), so I should have an extensive post late tonight, and of course a full account in the print edition tomorrow morning.
Now, let's go stir it up...
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