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The home stretch

Feb 18, 2010, 4:54 PM EST

Greetings from the Sunshine State, where the sun is indeed shining. Though I have to say — and I promise this is the one and only time I’ll complain about the weather for the next six weeks — but it’s a bit chilly here just south of Jacksonville. Temperature’s probably in the 50s. I can see you all gritting your teeth in frustration right now.

I thought about stopping over in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach and staking out a primo spot for Tiger Woods’ press conference tomorrow. But then I heard he’s not taking questions and what’s the point of that? Chien-Ming Wang will be far more forthcoming than Tiger, and I don’t think he even speaks much English.

So we’re down to the final leg, about 130 miles from here to Viera. Hopefully you’ll be hearing from me again shortly, with photos to prove I actually made it.

  1. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Mark – You are almost there, you can do it!Does CMW speak ANY English??A couple of issues for you to follow that may be of interest to just more than me as your six-weeks ahead of you: – How is 2010 ST different than 2009 ST? With this being Riggleman's first Nats camp I think it would be insightful to hear your observations and maybe some quotes from players. – What times and for how long they are practicing for, what are they doing, drills exercises, etc and once the whole team reports, are they practicing defensive and situational drills?

  2. peric - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Hope you had fun at Fort Pedro … 😉

  3. natscan reduxit - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    … my suggestion is not to waste your time with T. Woods, even if he does break down and welcome inquiries. Speaking for myself, I'd much rather hear from Wang – in his native Taiwanese if that's all you can get. Or maybe from all those candidates for the Nats' bat boys for this year. Speaking of which, have you ever considered a piece on bat boys, or former bat boys? Whether any of them ever stayed in baseball to any extent? That sort of thing.

  4. natsfan1a - Feb 18, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Official Zuckerman road trip motto: I don't really need to hear what Tiger has (or doesn't have) to say, either. OTOH, any Nats news, bons mots, and so forth would be welcome.BTW, good to "see" you, natscan!

  5. natsfan1a - Feb 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    D'oh! I just re-read the opening lines. In the 50s? Da noive of some people. (grumble grumble) :-)Safe travels on the last leg.

  6. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Hey Mark,If its not too late stop off in St. Augustine and bottle up a gallon or two from the Fountain of Youth. Pudge might appreciate it.Bodo

  7. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Surely, you'll be visiting Panera before Space Coast Stadium, no? JT in SC

  8. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Only 50's – I wish we were so lucky.Love the Tiger comments.Enjoy the Spring – best time of my life was the 10 days I spent traveling FL going to games, did 11 games in 10 days. Enjoy and know we all wish we were you these next six weeks.

  9. cadeck13 - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Are we there yet?????

  10. Jeff Wang - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    CMW doesn't speak Taiwanese as far as I know. he speaks mandarin. Taiwanese is a dialect that ~50% of the people from Taiwan do not speak.

  11. natsfan1a - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Don't make him stop this car, cadeck. Oh, wait. He already did, in the new post. And I was just getting ready to lead a rousing chorus of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall," too. 😀

  12. cass - Feb 20, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    natscanredux: Drew Storen was a bat boy (or ball boy?) for the Expos just before they became the Nationals. That's how he met Chad Cordero, who he's said is something of a role model for him. Wouldn't mind hearing more from Drew Storen, of course.

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