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From Quiet Space Coast

All along, today had been designated as an off day -- even for those who didn't resign over the weekend. Right now, Space Coast Stadium is a ghost town. A few pitchers (I'm spotting Marco Estrada and Shairon Martis, among others) are hanging out with Randy St. Claire in the right field corner performing some easy drills. Dmitri Young and Daniel Cabrera are down in the clubhouse. But otherwise? Crickets.

The lineup for tomorrow's game against Italy (a run-up to the WBC) is already posted on the clubhouse bulletin board. Catcher Jesus Flores isn't starting, but he's listed as one of the team's six bench players. I'm assuming that means his elbow strain won't be holding him back whatsoever.

This is also the morning of Stan Kasten's gather-the-troops meeting. Most of the cars in the parking lot here belong to team execs and front office types. In previous springs, Kasten has normally spent only a few days in Viera. But now, Kasten has been here for almost two consecutive weeks -- just another reminder that this hasn't exactly been your typical spring. For almost everybody associated with this organization, it's been an exhausting, fascinating time. And now we get a GM search.

I'll let you what shakes down today.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 2, 2009; 9:36 AM ET
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figgedy first!

Posted by: trezmartin | March 2, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the report and for all of your work on the evolving GM story.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

new screech:

Posted by: NatsNut | March 2, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Some more Nats-ish love from the Bog

Posted by: NatsNut | March 2, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Just read a blurb on that Joel Hanrahan has been named to the USA's WBC squad, replacing BJ Ryan. Any truth to it?

Posted by: BinM | March 2, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Interesting re. the WBC if true (and a little scary).

Good work on finding the Screech video, NatsNut. I hadn't been able to turn it up earlier. I've always loved the high stocking look, and he's trimmed down quite a bit as well. No doubt at least one person will be glad that his cap comes off now (where's the Star Spangled Banner guy when you need him?). Overall I like the energy and the fresh look (the gaping mouth is a little off-putting but what the hey). Hey, maybe we'll end up like the Rays what with revamping the team image and all (hey, a fan can dream, right?).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot the best part: looks like the pelvic thrust may be a thing of the past.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Re. the other link, seemed more like revisionist NJ history to me, but whatever.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

And you were right, BinM (new post).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

1a1, hope you're right that the hip thrusting era is over. Not only creepy and distasteful, but baffling.

Posted by: utec | March 2, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

And Screech's hat comes off which should assuage that lone questioner at the former Svrlugachat

Posted by: Brian_ | March 2, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Yeah. It's pretty quiet up here, too. All in all, Space Coast gets the better of this day off.

Posted by: CEvansJr | March 2, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

True, CE, and we don't even want to hear any whining about cold Florida weather. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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