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Wednesday morning washout

Feb 24, 2010, 2:42 PM EST

VIERA, Fla. — I know I promised not to complain about the weather while down here, but when it affects actual baseball from taking place … well, I have a journalistic obligation to report it.

A pretty intense storm hit the area this morning, soaking the fields. And more rain appears to be looming. So the Nationals have called off today’s traditional workout. Pitchers and catchers will still do some conditioning work, and some guys will work on things under cover. But the full workout won’t take place.

Oh, and did I mention it’s only 55 degrees here today? Sorry, I swear that will be the last time I complain about the weather while I’m down here. (Said with fingers crossed behind his back.)

I’ll have some news out of Jim Riggleman’s morning media session in a little bit, plus an interview with Craig Stammen, who is in the unusual position of attending his first big-league camp despite having already thrown more than 100 innings in the major leagues.

In the meantime, be sure to check out today’s cover story in USA Today about Stephen Strasburg. It’s written by some guy I’ve heard of before, but I can’t figure out where or when…

  1. cadeck13 - Feb 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Woohoo Mark, great cover story!

  2. SpringfieldFan - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    You know that we're getting more snow in DC tonight and tomorrow, and that your complaints about the terrible, terrible 55 degree weather down there are the only things keeping some of us from giving up hope altogether that this winter will ever end, right?

  3. natsfan1a - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    SpringfieldFan beat me to it re. the forecast. 55 degrees, my lower right extremity! grrr… ;-)But, seriously, congrats on your continued fish-wrap presence. May it lead to bigger and better (not to mention salaried) things.

  4. Joe - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Mark, GREAT story. Congrats on the special front page article! Keep up the great work.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Mark, congrats on the USA Today cover story. I'm sure your work will not go unrewarded. I'm really enjoying your coverage from ST. Thanks – tc.

  6. NatsNut - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Great stuff, Mark, and congratulations. Happy to see you're appreciated. =)

  7. Randy - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Nice work Mark. Enjoy the "nice" weather down there.

  8. natscan reduxit - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    … stories of snow (and for me, freezing rain) should not dampen your spirits, Mark. I'll go on record as saying that the great work you've put in during the past week or so, entitles you to a little 55 degrees every now and then. … so for this morning at least, you can kick back and catch up a bit on your Strunk and White.

  9. phil dunn - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    55 degrees and raining. No wonder many of the teams have moved their spring training operations to AZ.

  10. markfd - Feb 24, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Corgats on the cover story Mark!

  11. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Keep posting about the Viera weather … but make sure it's 80 and sunny when I get there March 6!

  12. sbrent - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Pretty long story for USA Today! Nicely done. I hope they paid you a mint for it!





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