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Feb 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Adam LaRoche takes some grounders from his knees.

VIERA, Fla. — Baseball is taking a bit of a backseat today around here, for a handful of reasons:

1) The Players' Association delegation was in town this morning to hold its annual meeting, which ran nearly two hours and delayed the start of the workout.

2) A production team from MASN is here filming what looks like a pretty elaborate commercial. They've overtaken the main field inside Space Coast Stadium.

3) The real highlight of the day takes place at precisely 4:50 p.m., when Space Shuttle Discovery launches from nearby Cape Canaveral on her final voyage into orbit. A bunch of members of the organization are holding a barbecue and launch viewing party here at the ballpark. (Photos to come later, hopefully.)

As for what took place on the field today during an abbreviated workout, it was mostly geared toward defensive drills and battingRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    "A production team from MASN [has] overtaken the main field inside Space Coast Stadium."No doubt they'll overtake Teddy at last turn.

  2. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Fingers go in the back, Big Guy.And I've got the shovel-finger to prove it.

  3. Doc - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Yeah, I've got a pinky that never looked right again after being in the wrong place on batting a bunt.Is Nyj going up with the shuttle–jus wonderin'??

  4. Les in NC - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    I really like those white uniforms. Roger looks cool in his (what appears to be) his homerun trot! I hope he has several opportunities to show that off this year.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Hey Mark – how about going into video mode with your phone for the shuttle launch and showing that??Also, what's the word on the JFK radio deal?Thanks as always,Natslifer

  6. Mark'd - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    What was the occassion today for the "home" whites? Picture day?

  7. Stranded_in_Philly - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Bernadina has officially launched himself into consideration as a sleeper for my upcoming super deep dynasty league draft… those shiny new guns speak for themselves.

  8. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Natslifer: Sorry, no video capabilities on my phone, so you're stuck with still photos only from the launch. As for the radio deal with WJFK, it was agreed upon several weeks ago. Last I heard, they were still hashing out a couple of minor details before they physically sign the contract. But it's basically a done deal.Mark'd: They wore the full home whites today because there were some promotional photos and videos being shot at the workout. They'll probably wear them for a couple of exhibition games, too.

  9. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Regarding new uni's, there's a man on the Nats message board who is obsessed with the large curly "W" on the chest…Been saying since November it's incorrectly positioned. Says the big "W" is rotated too far clockwise (and the little piece at the lefthand part of the "W" ends up too horizontal). He is right! They don't quite match the "W" on the ballcap! LOOK!

  10. Mark'd - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Thanks Mark!True story, Sammy Sosa had elastic sewn into his sleeves so they would accentuate his massive biceps. Maybe Bernie can do that too, ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    It's a good thing we are not paying Werth to bunt – popped it straight up!

  12. J Werth - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Get up off your kneels, La Roche. You're a Phillie, not a Pirate.

  13. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    "Roger looks cool in his (what appears to be) his homerun trot!"He'd look even cooler in dark-framed shades and a long black coat, holding a samurai sword …

  14. joemktg - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Mark: there's a computer problem that may hold off launch. They're taking it down to t minus 5 to see if it can be resolved.

  15. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    On a completely unrelated note:Adam Wainwright is getting TJ surgery, he's out for the year. Which makes me wonder, why do they call it an "inverted W" pitching motion? Isn't an inverted W an M?



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