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.
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