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From Viera, Day II

I caught a good portion of SportsCenter while cranking out some miles on the treadmill this morning, and of course everybody was talking about Tiger, and at one point Tom Rinaldi described his Friday afternoon news conference as a the sort of JFK-ish event that you'll always associate with an exact time and place. "Where were you when Tiger stood behind the podium?"

I can tell you, gladly, that at 11 a.m. Friday I was listening to Manager Jim Riggleman. He spoke for roughly 21-1/2 minutes, apparently unscripted, looking mostly relaxed while sitting in the dugout at Space Coast Stadium. Several television cameras were present, all representing outlets from Asia. Riggleman spoke about Stephen Strasburg, Jesus Flores, Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang. He seemed, best as I can tell, sincere. But we'll have to see what America thinks.

Anyway, some quick Nats notes...

* Here is today's fishwrap story on Wang.

* Except a quiet day here in Viera. Pitchers and catchers conduct their first workout tomorrow, but today is simply for physical exams. Every P and C gets a check-up at an off-site facility.

* Stephen Strasburg will throw a bullpen session tomorrow.

* Riddle: If Chien-Ming Wang is the Michael Jordan of Taiwain and Michael Jordan is the Chien-Ming Wang of America, is Stephen Strasburg the Chien-Ming Wang and the Michael Jordan of Brevard County, Fla.?

* Linkage: Keith Law (ESPN.com Insider) gives an advance look at the 2010 MLB draft class... Chien-Ming Wang is big news in China (special thanks to Federal Baseball blog for discovering this one)... Riggleman shares his outlook for 2009.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 20, 2010; 9:13 AM ET
 
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Comments

Good morning, Chico. Gosh, I wish I were in Viera instead of here, surrounded by snirt (snow/dirt for the uninitiated).

I hope that Rinaldi was being ironic, because otherwise he needs a reality check/perspective adjustment. The import and impact of the Woods presser were not even close to those of a presidential assassination.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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"Tom Rinaldi described his Friday afternoon news conference as a the sort of JFK-ish event that you'll always associate with an exact time and place. "Where were you when Tiger stood behind the podium?"
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Sheesh, give me a break. Tom Rinaldi needs to get a grip on himself and stop overhyping to the extreme. There isn't anything at all JFKish about this. And a great deal of the country is actually tired of hearing about Tiger Woods and his problems already (i see it on my facebook feeds, where people keep asking why people care so much).

Or maybe he and his ESPN colleagues just have an inflated opinion of themselves and their company and its influence.

Posted by: sec231 | February 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe he and his ESPN colleagues just have an inflated opinion of themselves and their company and its influence.
Posted by: sec231 | February 20, 2010 12:13 PM
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No more calls, we have a winner.

Posted by: BinM | February 20, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'd sure like to hear Rizzo weigh in on the future corner outfield spots.

Resigning Dunn makes perfect sense. But where does that leave Marrero? Does he go back to the outfield?

Michael Burgess has plenty of pop, but in his second year at Potomac he hit .235 and struck out 135 times. Does Rizzo project him as a major leaguer? What does Rizzo think of young Destin Hood's prospects?

And if the Nats pick Harper, rather than a stud pitcher, is he a corner outfielder? Or does he catch, with Norris moving to OF?

Posted by: Drew8 | February 20, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Lectern. He stood behind a lectern. He stood ON the podium.
think: Podiatrist = feet = standing on

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 20, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I just want to clarify that Wang has been a big news in Taiwan, not China. Taiwan and China are two different countries. Chinese people are not really interested in baseball while Taiwanese people are crazy about baseball. The Taiwanese regard baseball as our national sport. We are so excited that Wang now becomes a Nat. You might want to see the attached video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxaB2YgmaBE.

Posted by: jazz2661 | February 20, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Chico:

Just want to clear one thing:

[Chien-Ming Wang is big news in China (special thanks to Federal Baseball blog for discovering this one]

However, the truth is that, The China Times is a Taiwanese newspaper, I know it's a bit confusing, but Taiwan's official Title is Republic of China (ROC), so when you see media from the following, they are Taiwanese media:

CTV, Chinatimes, CtiTV, are belongs to a group media in Taiwan, though the reporter from CtiTV in Day one is a PRC-American, but work for Taiwanese media in DC....

Best
Grace

Posted by: Grace68 | February 21, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

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