A Casey at the Bat statue based on a baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer looms over Space Coast Stadium where the Washington Nationals practice during spring training, Viera, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

A Casey at the Bat statue based on a baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer looms over Space Coast Stadium where the Washington Nationals practice during spring training, Viera, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)