Winter is winding down
Okay so the other day I told you all I’d update you on the baseball side of things.
Have you been following the Nationals and how they’ve been doing in spring training? The Nats are 12-13 entering play today. If they could play around .500 this season they would be tickled pink. After losing 100+ games last year, getting themselves to around break even would represent a huge improvement.
Their front office has spoken openly about developing from within and they have shown a commitment to their farm system over the past couple of years and especially this spring training. There have been 25 former Senators play this spring training with the Nats. As a group, the hitters have struggled in their 201 at bats hitting just .219. Although former Senator Ian Desmond is having himself quite a spring hitting .357 in twelve games to lead all the former Sens. He is making the most of his opportunity with the Nats this spring.
On the mound, the former Sens have combined to go 6-4 with a solid 3.55 ERA in 124.1 innings pitched. Jordan Zimmermann and Shairon Martis have been fantastic this spring and they both have apparently earned spots in the Nationals rotation to start the season. Along with former Senator John Lannan, former Sens now make up 3/5 of the Nationals rotation to start the season. Garrett Mock and Mike Hinckley are still in the mix of things as they try to earn bullpen spots with the Nats.
It’s pretty exciting that if you make the trip down to DC to watch the Nats that you’ll stand a pretty good chance at seeing a former Senator starting the game on the mound! That is what makes following minor league baseball so much fun!
This is, unbelievably enough, the last Sunday in March. This is an exciting time of the year if you’re a sports fan. Let’s see, the NCAA tournament is heading towards the final four and finals next weekend; golf, yes golf, is heating up with the Masters starting in a week and a half; the NBA and NHL winding their seasons down and heading towards their two-month long playoffs; and of course a week from tonight the 2009 Major League Baseball season gets underway! That’s a lot going on!
Work continues at the ballpark and every day there is much done. The only area left to be fenced in is in center field, and that’ll get done this week. The final pieces of the video board installation start this week and will be finalized early next week. I can’t wait to get back from our season opening road trip to see the home opener and see all the new video components.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and we’ll talk to you on Monday!