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Six Innings of Sunshine: A 2009 Nationals Spring Training Photo Essay

Thirty-one years of age, loving baseball since it was T-ball to me, and I’d never been to a spring training game. This past weekend remedied that, at least for the couple hours I stole away from visiting our baby’s namesake near Viera for Sunday’s Nats-Mets tilt. The experience is as glorious as I’d imagined, and here are pictures to prove it …

This being Florida, and the Nats being what they are, Mets fans ruled the day. Except for this guy in a “Jett Favre” t-shirt. He rules nothing.


Space Coast Stadium is like every minor league park you’ve ever been to …


… except it’s smack dab in the middle of a major metropolitan area.


Thanks to parking traffic (it was somehow stop-and-go for at least 15 minutes), I missed the top half of the first. By the time I got to my seat (fifth row behind home for $20), Ocho Cinco was digging in and promptly ripped a liner to the right-center gap, legging out a triple. Ahhh, sweet baseball.


On the hill for the Nats? John Lannan, of whom a guy sitting behind me asked, “Does this guy have a shot at making the club?” That’s not something you want to hear about your Opening Day starter.


Also in that pic: Ryan Church. He and fellow ex-Nat Livan Hernandez, who started for New York, were the only Mets of note as they fielded their shitty “travel roster”. Coincidence? I think not.

Yes, please.


It’s not good when people notice your weight loss and you’re still fat.


I totally would’ve thought this was awesome when I was 12.


That would be Casey from “Casey at the Bat”. No, I don’t know why either.


The most beautiful walk through a stadium lot these eyes have seen.


Endnote: Folks are saying the Nats’ offense should improve this season (from terrible to middling), and seeing it in action made me a believer. A Flores-Johnson-Belliard-Guzman-Zimmerman-Dunn-Milledge-Dukes lineup with a Willingham-Kearns-Dmitri-Harris-Pena bench seems legitimately Major League, which is progress. Baby steps, people.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Chris Mottram

    March 11, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Does your wife know you drank one of those Big Bomber Smirnoff Ices?

  2. Jeff V

    March 11, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Does your wife Husband know you drank one of those Big Bomber Smirnoff Ices?

    /shows self out

    //shows self back in

    Nice use of perspective in that last picture. Are you trying to foreshadow a Renaissance of sorts on Half Street?

    ///shows self back out

    ////fixes slash button on keyboard

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