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Hello from Antarctica

Feb 25, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. — OK, that promise I made yesterday not to complain about the weather down here anymore? Yeah, I'm reneging on that. It's cold today. I mean cold. It was 38 degrees this morning when I left the hotel, and there's a steady 20 mph wind that leaves the wind chill in the 20s. (Note: This may be the first time in Florida meteorological history that the term "wind chill" has ever been used.)

Anyways, the players are getting all bundled up to head out to the practice fields. Jim Riggleman said he was going to make a point to emphasize to them to wear plenty of layers and to take extra precautions with stretching and getting loose before engaging in any serious physical activity.

Meanwhile, in non-weather news, today is physicals day for all the position players (plus apparently members of the PR staff — hope they pass) so we'll only see a few them straggling in and out of the complex. Everyone had reported to the stadium by yesterday, except for Josh Willingham and Elijah Dukes. Willingham's wife Ginger justRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    If Elijah Dukes was a better player we would just all say that is "Elijah being Elijah". Until then he needs to get his butt in camp in mid-February.

  2. natsfan1a - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    (re. the weather report: cues plaintive violin music ;-))Thanks for the updates, and congrats to the Willingham family. That's one big boy – maybe a future ballplayer?

  3. SpringfieldFan - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    "Two or three spots with people who don't have a lot of experience in the big leagues."So … no big hopes for Batista after all?

  4. Todd Boss - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    I hope Dukes has a damn good reason to be basically the only guy who didn't show up early for camp, considering that he's underperforming in right field and has basically been given his baseball life back by this organization…

  5. Sam - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Interesting correlation (although, my sample size is 1). Willingham apparently conceived his child last May (nine months ago), which is the exact same time that he started smacking the ball like crazy.To another kid in 2011, Josh!

  6. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Hunker down Mark tomorrow morning is suppose to be a record low of 32!!!

  7. Pat - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Thanks for letting us know your radio schedule. Please continue to let us know when you will be on air.

  8. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Are the PR physicals a joke or might we see a picture of Mike Gazda on a tredmill? Does the whole front office get physicals or just the pr guys? Can we get a report on the fastest mile in the front office?

  9. NatsNut - Feb 25, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    My big question, which I asked in an earlier thread, is if the team will still keep Olsen even if he's not ready. Fingers crossed they do. I love the guy.

  10. Sunderland - Feb 25, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Quit ragging on Dukes for not reporting early. How many other guys played 2 months of winter ball? He knows how important this year is. Not coming into camp early is utterly unimportant.

  11. peric - Feb 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    I'm not worried about Dukes, they have Bernadina, Morse and as we've read, Desmond, plus Maxwell.In the end its about the pitching … they are hedging their bets with the young guys that came up … clearly there is real concern about the lack of quality starts from them. Perhaps everyone will end up back in Syracuse with just veterans in the rotation. It doesn't look like Olsen will be ready for opening day; they still need another left-handed starter. Leaves a big wide opening for Thompson or Chico who at this point appear to be the only available options.

  12. Mrs. Zuckerman - Feb 25, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    These married couples need to time their conceptions/pregnancies better–babies should be born in the *off* season, not during Spring Training, just like weddings! Doesn't anyone else's life revolve completely around baseball anymore?

  13. An Briosca Mor - Feb 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    At least we know that all aspects of Guzman's game are not hampered by bunions.

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