Wow, spring training, an event I now feel so far removed from it feels like baseball isn’t even going on, is less than a week away from daily games on TV or in person. Yesterday, however, the distance closed a little thanks to a hand extended from the Nationals inviting smaller papers and bloggers not in Florida to a conference call with a chance to ask questions of team president Stan Kasten, players Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, and manager Manny Acta. Acta was on the minor league field and running late for the call, so we were treated to a bonus of pitchers Joe Beimel and Joel Hanrahan.
Not being accustomed to getting news remotely, I was unprepared and had no phone recorder, headset, or ability to transcribe the entire Q&A session aside from my lightning fast typing fingers. I balanced the phone on my shoulder with kinked neck and furiously typed away, gradually changing to an odd form of shorthand before giving up entirely unless the question was interesting to me. Luckily, others transcribed the whole thing.
So with many thanks to the Nats for reaching out to us basement dwellers, I’m going to re-read through and find something to talk about. I know I chuckled and even laughed out loud a couple times, like when Adam Dunn half whispered after saying he’d play anywhere the team wanted him to, “notice I said third!” (as in first, outfield, third – wherever they put me). They were also funny taking seats at the “launching chair”. Sadly, the one comedic opportunity question fell kinda flat – one questioner asked if Dunn’s Phil Collins batting music would blend with the others (mostly rap and hip hop).
Anyway, hopefully I’ll have a post coming about this that is not a transcript, unless you really want to see my odd shorthand. Really. I also wonder if this is a sign of things to come with the Nats reaching out a little more? That’d be cool! (photo creds, anyone??)