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In a fog

Feb 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Sean Burnett delivers a pitch during his bullpen session.

VIERA, Fla. — Upon arriving at Space Coast Stadium at 8:15 this morning, I didn't think there was any chance the Nationals would be able to start their workout on time. A dense fog blanketed the entire area and made it impossible to see more than 50 feet in front of your own nose. I can only imagine what Wilson Ramos would think squatting behind the plate and waiting for one of Collin Balester's 95 mph fastballs to emerge from the soup.

The fog, though, quickly burned off, and by 9 a.m. it was more than clear enough for the players to head down to the practice fields and conduct business as usual.

Nothing too exciting to report from today's workout. It's still only pitchers and catchers formally participating, though today is reporting day for position players and most of them started emerging out there as the pitchers were wrapping up to conduct their own informal round of BP.

Position players are scheduled to take their physicals tomorrow, then the full squad finally works out Tuesday morning. Bryce Harper will beRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Feb 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Good lord, is Burnett's hat on straight? That's cause for concern.

  2. Mark'd - Feb 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Mark – will you be shooting video of the Bryce Harper 1st ST address/interview?

  3. Doc - Feb 20, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Yeah, straight's not gonna do it. I don't think that ST can officially begin, until Burnett starts wearing his hat like a left-hander would—cocked and ready to play!!Go getem' Sean!

  4. BinM - Feb 20, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    I could see where the pitchers are ready to 'ramp it up'; I could see where 10 days of stretching, running, bullpens, more running, PFP drills, even more running, & bunting practice could get pretty stale. On Tuesday, it becomes a little more more realistic, then it's 'game-on' beginning on the 28th. Mark – If you could, try to post some stuff on the fringe players (i.e., the 'bus riders'); There always seems to be some good stories out of those guys, and some of them have happy endings (a MLB contract) as well.

  5. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 20, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Mark'd said…Will you be shooting video of the Bryce Harper 1st ST address/interview?The CSN TV crew will still be down here on Tuesday, and I'm sure they'll be shooting the Harper press conference. I'll make sure that video goes up online and will post a link to it here as well.

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