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Nats pitchers and catchers report date released

Jan 7, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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It may be one of the coldest days anyone alive can remember – the record low of 5 degrees for Jan. 7 in D.C. was set in 1884 – but here’s something to cheer Nats fans up.

Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fl. on Feb. 13. That means there are only 37 days until the baseball season technically begins.

The announcement was made on Tuesday via the Nationals’ Twitter account, and was quickly celebrated by fans. In just over five weeks we’ll finally have something real to talk about. We’ll also have pictures of Nats going through PFP drills (pitcher’s fielding practice).

We’ll also see Matt Williams actually managing the Nationals for the first time. He has promised an intense spring training, so there’s that to look for.

But ultimately, it means baseball and I think we all agree that’s a good thing.

[RELATED: Preview of Nats' new batting practice jerseys (PHOTO)]

  1. scnatsfan - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I. Can’t. Wait.

    • natsfan1a - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Nor. Can. I.

  2. Another_Sam - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    i too can’t wait. BTW, booked air to spring training today. I’m ready. Play ball. This weather has heightened my readiness.

  3. sjm308 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    So jealous of those of you who will be there. It’s still on my list but not this year. I think there are quite a few “Insiders” who make this trip and of course Natsjack has those season tickets. Have fun everyone!!

    Go Nats!!

    • Another_Sam - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      sjm — it’s not a big ticket item, in the scheme of things. orlando, quite a hub, has flights in and out all day long, to and from all airports in the dc area. and florida is more or less one big hotel. it’s not like you need to stay in a resort — i’m not there for the golf or the pool. haha.

      • sjm308 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        maybe next year Sam, maybe next year. Like you, no golf for me but I can see spending the day just watching drills. Again, have fun!

  4. lovedanats - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Time moves SO slowly in the off season. I’m so ready for the boys to take the field!

  5. stublues33 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    So fire up the Countdown Clock!
    5 that’s not a temperature … that’s a uniform number for cryin’ out loud.

    • janebeard - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      I agree! Fire up the countdown clock!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      I believe I originally had it set to 11 FEB. So I wasn’t far off…

    • tcostant - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      It’s up now!!!

  6. letswin3 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    It’s cold everywhere, but this news warms the cockles of my heart. My glass is now half-full.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      +10….(the present tempature on my front porch)

      • Joe Seamhead - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Man, I wish we could edit. “Temperature” is what I meant.

  7. veejh - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Yay baseball!

  8. Sonny G 10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    2013 is now officially old news…old season..in the past, gone, good-bye. Yea for 2014!

  9. ehay2k - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    I am trying to find a way down to ST this year. There has to because way to tie it to a business trip.

    Also, MicheleS, do you now sport a curly W tattoo? ;-)

    • Joe Seamhead - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:26 AM

      I saw that write up,too. I think she was the one that got the “practice” tattoo.

      • MicheleS - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        Yes, I was the one with the Practice Tattoo…. ;-)
        it was a hilarious day.

      • sjm308 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Neat article! The more nationals stuff written the less space for the spiky balled team.

  10. Sam - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Feb 13 – my birthday, and this is the best birthday gift every year.

    • chaz11963 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Can you please explain what NIDO is and how it works?

  11. MicheleS - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    So glad they finally announced this date, a little disappointed that we only get 6 televised games.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Michele, Are you going down to FL this year? We’re undecided.

      • MicheleS - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        Joe, I can’t go this year for Spring Training. I am going down at the end of May instead – I wanted March, the beach house was available in May (it’s free so that was a major factor)

    • sjm308 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Did they announce a radio schedule?

      • MicheleS - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        haven’t seen it yet SJM, but we usually get more of those, plus MLB Network might pick up a few games.

  12. natsfan1a - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Oh, how we would have loved to have had 5 degrees yesterday morning. We had 3 degrees here in icy NoVa. That said, the temps doubled this a.m. – it was 6 degrees when we woke up. Dang – we’re having a heat wave. Also, there’s a countdown clock. Wooooooooooooooo!

    “It may be one of the coldest days anyone alive can remember – the record low of 5 degrees for Jan. 7 in D.C. was set in 1884 – but here’s something to cheer Nats fans up.”

  13. nats128 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Valentine’s Day -1 is circled on my calendar with a Red heart on it and a red Curly W.

  14. Section 222 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Thanks to Sofa for updating the NIDO spreadsheet, which can be accessed, now and forever, at:

    http://prettyfrickenbueno.wordpress.com/

    Just as this is a new year for the Nats, we all have a clean slate as far as drinks owed. Which is good because now I no longer owe more drinks than anyone on this board!

    And while we’re on the topic of Spring Training, links to Mark’s Spring Training Fan Guides from 2012 and 2011 are available on the NIDO spreadsheet if you are planning a trip down there. Just look at line 10 of the “How To” portion of the spreadsheet.

    http://prettyfrickenbueno.wordpress.com/how-to/

  15. chaz11963 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Anyone going to NY for the first game on the March 31st???

    • naterialguy - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      I would love to goo to ny for opening day. I wonder if Stan could give us some pointers on chartering a bus?

      • Section 222 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Ha! Well played, Sir.

      • Another_Sam - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        My wife and I have taken one of those Chinatown [generic] buses. Inexpensive, and convenient here. Drops you off in midtown, though. But very quick and this end is convenient. There are lots of competing lines.

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