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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Scenes from the last full-squad workout of the spring

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals wrapped their final practice before the spring training schedule begins with a light workout. No live batting practice and very little conditioning.

The funniest moment came early in the workout, when Nationals players were conducting a drill in which players practiced helping teammates slide or stand coming home while acting as the on-deck batter. (Yeah, they practice stuff like that. Everyone is ready for games to start.) Every player was told to stand -- except Bryce Harper, who was directed to slide into the plate. He was the only player walking around with dirt on his pants all practice.

Owner Mark Lerner arrived and attended his first workout. The thing that stuck out to him was the number of veterans. "The club has a different feel to it this year," Lerner said. "Mike [Rizzo] is starting to get his signature on it."

Lerner watched batting practice for a while. ("Even his groundballs are hard," he said while watching Jayson Werth.) Lerner likes to shag flies during batting practice sometimes, and today he commented that Matt Stairs's looked like a fun hitter to shag for -- he hit high fly balls that landed soft, Lerner observed.

Otherwise, it was a quiet day for the Nationals as they prepare for tomorrow's game. Players and coaches alike are anticipating the games starting, the monotony of camp starting to set in.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 27, 2011; 12:56 PM ET
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Mark, you need to stop shagging flies. You embarras yourself and us fans when you do so

Posted by: JDB1 | February 27, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Re: Harper, it is the little things, like making him slide, that his teammates do tha will keep him on the straight and narrwo. Looking forward to his first at bat and the team's first game.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | February 27, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Aside from Mark hanging out on the field, his wife Judy was sitting in Mike Rizzo's golf cart by the side of the field knitting! Does she think the Nationals are her knitting club? I hope that they are paying Rizzo a bonus to babysit her. Unfortunately, a ball did not hit her in the head to knock some sense into her! Mark got hit in the head last year when he thought he could catch a fly ball, but apparently that did not do any good! The Lerners need to stay out of the way and let Rizzo and Riggleman work their magic.

Posted by: firestan | February 27, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

everyone was laughing at Judy and her knitting! dont they understand how ridiculous they look. THERE IS NO KNITTING IN BASEBALL!!! rizzo should trade her to the yankees for the body of george steinbrenner! atleast he knew how to spend money and build a winner. I know he would not tolerate knitting on a baseball field!

Posted by: firestan | February 27, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I want to know what Judy was knitting.
Take your best shot Team NJ.
Use you imagination.
What was Judy Lerner knitting while watching the Nationals?

Posted by: Sunderland | February 27, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Firestan is absolutely right. I was standing with a group of true fans and we were laughing at Judy and her knitting. Do the Lerners not understand there is a time and place for everything? I felt terrible for Rizzo who was trying to watch the best collection of talent the Nats have ever assembled. Fortunately, Judy did not ask Mike to hold her yarn. She has Mark to stand there like a dummy!

Posted by: stras37 | February 27, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

She was knitting a bat cozy for Bryce.

Posted by: DavidandDonald1 | February 27, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Knitting - We're talking about Knitting by the owners' sons' wife, right? Next question.

Posted by: BinM | February 27, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Harper would not want anything knitted by Judy! He is a class act and blending in great with his teammates. Hopefully, he did not notice tweedledee and tweetledum knitting and hanging around. We need to show Harper and Strasburg that this is a place they want to spend their entire careers. Knitting and snagging fly balls will make them realize the top of the organization is clueless!

Posted by: stras37 | February 27, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

If the owners' son makes observations that Stairs "would be fun to shag for... because his fly balls look soft", what does that tell you about Stairs as a player?

Posted by: BinM | February 27, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If the owners' son makes observations that Stairs "would be fun to shag for... because his fly balls look soft"

There is an Austin Powers joke just begging to be let out....

Posted by: TimDz | February 27, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Lighten up, guys. There is a time and a place for this nonsense, for the boss and his wife to drop by and hang out a little. It's called Spring Training Before the First Game is Played.
Give Mark a break. He's a BCC guy. That's just the way they are.

Posted by: Donkeyfarmer | February 27, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall a "bring your knitting to the game" promo night at Nationals Park during at least one past season. May have been pre-Lerners, maybe not. As an idea, no dumber than "Pups in the Park." At any rate, what's the big deal with the knitting criticism anyway? It's not like it's Riggleman, Rizzo or some player doing the knitting. Basically, it's a "baseball widow". What the hell do you expect her to be doing, anyway? No need to make fun of her - at least not until you see her being interviewed by Debbi Taylor, that is.

Posted by: nunof1 | February 27, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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