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A Post About Everything And Absolutely Nothing

* Panera offers the You Pick Two for $6.39. I recommend coupling the chipotle chicken sandwich with the orchard harvest salad.

* Let me try to diagram the layout of the Nationals spring training complex, without the help of a camera, or the next-best-thing, Dan Steinberg. First, you have the stadium; that's where the Nats players and coaches chill out/prepare/eat/change every morning and afternoon. But where they actually practice is about a five-minute walk down the road. And here, it's pure business: Several fields positioned in a grid, along with batting cages, bullpen areas, and at least one "half field" where Marquis Grissom teaches the finer points of baserunning. Also, to my delight, there is a concession stand. Somehow. It sells cracker jacks for $2 and peanut M&Ms for $1.

* Note to Washington Post: I will not expense the M&Ms.

* For the second day in a row, Adam Dunn was practicing at first base during full-squad workouts.

* Ryan Wagner said today that going through labrum surgery (he went under the knife in June 2007) was so "absolutely miserable" that if the injury happened to him again, he'd just retire. Go home, forget about baseball. By the way, Wagner says his arm -- for the first time since surgery -- feels as it did in 2003, back when he was drafted in the first round, 14th overall, by (guess who!) the Cincinnati Reds. Wagner made his big league debut that same season, after pitching only nine innings. That night, Bob Boone was the manager. Also, it was Austin Kearns Bobblehead Night.

* Bad news for Tim Redding.

* People are wondering about Jim Bowden -- Where is he? Is he talking? Is he being silenced? Well, I deliver the answers: Here, No (for today), and Yes (on issues concerning Smiley). Bowden hadn't been around before today because of the arbitration cases in Phoenix. But he spent the morning observing the workout, paying special attention to a procession of pitchers ... Tyler Clippard, Preston Larrison, Shairon Martis, J.D. Martin, Justin Jones. After the workout, the assembled Fourth Wing of Democracy types wanted a chance to speak with Bowden, but the GM said no thanks, maybe tomorrow. Later, team prez Stan Kasten said that he'd strongly advised Bowden not to speak about Frowney.

* Crowds at the complex for workouts, until today, were almost nonexistent. Maybe 50 or so. (And an overwhelming portion of them happened to hold plastic binders with things that looked like this.) But today, under sunny skies, the turnout probably tripled the previous days. Plus, it was a Saturday. Hopefully nobody showed up hoping to catch a glimpse of Jose Rijo.

* The Toyota Prius hybrid I'm driving around Florida got 504.9 miles before its first fill-up. Even then, the full tank cost $19. This is good news when you work in the newspaper industry.

* At one point today during some live BP, Adam Dunn swung and missed at a Shairon Martis pitch. Bowden, watching from behind the cage, joked to Dunn, "only 179 more to go." Strikeouts, he meant.

Evidently, Dunn has the right kind of humor for that.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 21, 2009; 6:43 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks Chico, but really....take a breath, relax for the evening. Where can I get the Saint binder?

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 21, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Chico - What is your thoughts on Adam Dunn at 1st base? Any imminent trade rumors of Nick Johnson?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | February 21, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Take away the name from Randy St. Claire's baseball card and that could be a slightly less manic Vince from ShamWow!

Posted by: Ted_Striker | February 21, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we have something to look forward to all summer long. Dunn should be "good" for 200 Ks, which is hardly the most entertaining thing to watch.

Posted by: grforbes | February 21, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

That's funny, Ted_S!

Wonder whether he said the following to anyone?

"Are you following me camera guy?"

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 21, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Catching up after having been out all day. Thanks for all of the updates, Chico. It sounds like there were some very interesting developments.

Those are good ballpark prices on the M&Ms and cracker jacks. The orchard harvest salad is good. I also recommend the spinach and strawberry salad and the Asian chicken salad, if they have them.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 21, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"At one point today during some live BP, Adam Dunn swung and missed at a Shairon Martis pitch. Bowden, watching from behind the cage, joked to Dunn, "only 179 more to go." Strikeouts, he meant."

Clearly JimBo is not from the school of Positive Reinforcement!

Posted by: Anatsphan | February 21, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I think you got that backwards, Chico. A camera is clearly the next-best-thing.

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Let me try to diagram the layout of the Nationals spring training complex, without the help of a camera, or the next-best-thing, Dan Steinberg.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 21, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Baseball Prospectus has an article naming 10 top breakout candidates for 2009 - three of them are on the Nationals including Dukes at #2. The others are Milledge and Zimmerman. They give a number of statistics and indicators supporting the projections. You can't take it to the bank, but it is nice to see the young guns getting a little love.

Posted by: natbiscuit | February 21, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nice...and snarky!

Posted by: phillip4 | February 21, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

This is funny:

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2009/02/21/the-dugout-nationals-lampoon/?extpar=fanho

Especially the ending with Dmitri and Twizzlas.

Posted by: nattydread1 | February 22, 2009 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Responding to the prior post: I'm sorry Jose Rijo's mother is so ill. Recovery sounds unlikely, so I'll just hope that she can be comfortable, and enjoy having her boy home with her. He does indeed have more important things to do.

Posted by: Scooter_ | February 22, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Front page of ESPN.com has interview with Basilio Vizcaino claiming its MLB's fault. Good job by them at least trying to get a little more depth to the story.

Posted by: Bazz | February 22, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I'll second Scooter on that (and also on the earlier baseball-reference link request).

Link to the ESPN story (by a former Post writer, incidentally):

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3925782

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 22, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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