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Nats all smiles on a frigid day

Feb 17, 2013, 9:47 PM EST

Associated Press
Denard Span and Kurt Suzuki bundled up at today's workout.

VIERA, Fla. — The thermometer read 41 degrees, the wind chill reducing that number to 34, as all 53 players in Nationals camp took the fields outside Space Coast Stadium for their first full-squad workout of the spring.

Good luck identifying anyone, though, considering every single player wore a hooded sweatshirt on top of his jersey, leaving all numbers hidden from public view.

"Rain yesterday. Snow today," left-hander Gio Gonzalez cracked. "What do we got tomorrow, hail storm?"

The unusually frigid conditions might have put a slight damper on the proceedings and encouraged everyone to get their work done in a timely fashion before retreating for the warmth of the home clubhouse. But this was still a day full of optimism and friendly
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  1. NatsLady - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Interesting, 53 players in camp. The Yankees have 94. Davey really doesn't like a lot of hangers-on, does he? For those interested, I put up another post on the baby blog, analyzing the Willingham trade. Please comments, and if anyone knows the answer to the question posed at the end, let me know!!! (I asked Mark to put it on the blogroll but I think he's pretty busy…)Grading the Trading: Josh Willinghamhttp://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com

  2. LoveDaNats - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Chemistry was a huge part of last year's success. I believe Davey had a lot of influence there and will continue to nurture it this year as well. I'm really looking forward to the season although it's still not going fast enough. I wanna see some games! Even ST games! This team will be great this year. I feel it…….

  3. Doc - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    So Davey's a chemistry professor now. Seems to me that we're gonna miss this wise ol' guy next year.

  4. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    All one had to see was the big hug Gio gave Wilson after his bull pen session to know how these guys like and respect each other.

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    NatsLady, nice read!Also enjoyed the many photos NJack and David posted.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Doc, I think you're right. Davey said before he's a math guy so probably Math & Chemistry professor.I like the off-season preparation so far and the 3 pick-ups are very strategic moves Span, Haren and Soriano and add the return of Ramos.Moving Bryce to a corner OF and allowing him to bulk up should help him through the grind while adding some power.JZim working on that 4th pitch (changeup) is exactly what I felt both he and Gio needed. I'm hoping we hear something similar from Gio on a new pitch he is working on. I think Detwiler is a year behind in his full progression and Davey already talked about Det using all of his pitches.Espi unfortunately had the injury he was dealing with and is still a work-in-progress.Ramos needed to rehab that knee and lose some weight and he appears to have done both.RZim had his shoulder to rehab and Werth had his wrist to work on and Desi needed to work on his body core balance.Tracy looks like he had a great off-season and has his power stroke back.All in all this team looks ready to go. I think Rendon and the 6th starter to add additional depth is also a key.

  7. MicheleS - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Ghost.. I think Davey also took psychology classes.. so that's got to help

  8. baseballswami - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    I am do excited!! When is the first televised ST game??

  9. MicheleS - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Swami.. MLB Network Saturday at noon.. Means we have to listen to Mets Broadcastershttp://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/broadcast/index.jsp?c_id=was

  10. baseballswami - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I don't even think the Mets broadcasters could dampen my enthusiasm!

  11. NatsLady - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Already with the drama in Boston. Maybe it wasn't just Bobby V.MLB ‏@MLB"He didn't go through the drill as intended & we've addressed it." – @RedSox manager John Farrell on Alfredo Aceves: http://atmlb.com/VprgGV

  12. NatsLady - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    swami, the Mets guys aren't too bad, if I recall, but I really got sick of the Cards broadcasters. And that was BEFORE we lost those games in October.

  13. natsfan1a - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    So, they had sunshine on a cloudy day? Awesome.Thanks for the MLB Network heads up, Michele. I hadn't realized that their game schedule was out.

  14. baseballswami - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    NatsLady- I saw that! New players, new manager- same crap?

  15. sjm308 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    This is just such an exciting time. Read about how well Marrero looks and also Skole. Can you have too much talent?? Obviously not. I guess the big thing is to get through the next month with a minimum of injuries. Big news for us will be who goes to Syracuse or who is waived. We really do have a complete group of players and Rizzo will probably still look at the waiver wire but not like when we needed to fill our roster for the trip north.

  16. snopes1 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    I'm way behind on comments threads and this one may already be dead, but I have to comment on the idea of giving Davey credit for being a Shakespearean or Latin scholar for having said "put the quietus on." I graduated from high school in rural south Mississippi in the early 1970s and every basketball and football coach I had routinely used the phrase "put the quietus on." None of those guys knew a word of Latin and they slept through "Romeo and Juliet" in ninth grade English.I think Davey's use of "put the quietus on" establishes his seriously redneck credentials a lot more than it does his credentials as a Shakesperean or Latin scholar (I say this somewhat sadly as someone who was a victim of three years of Latin in high school and college).

  17. Tony - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    When you speak of the pompatus of love you're not talking Latin either.

  18. natsfan1a - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Tony, do some people call you Maurice, by any chance?

  19. Anna Peregrina - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Interestingly (well, I'm interested, anyway), there is a Latin word pompatus, meaning "magnificently ordered, splendid" — giving an English form *pompatous to describe our Nats!

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    1a…. no but I think he may be a "space cowboy".

  21. natsfan1a - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Glad that somebody got it, NJ. ;-)

  22. BigCat - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Marrero takes a beating on this blog, but the guy is a tireless worker. I think his luck is gonna change this year.

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