- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA, FLA.

It was a Boone family reunion yesterday. Aaron Boone reported to camp, and his brother Bret, out of baseball for more than a year, signed a minor league contract and was introduced to reporters with his father, assistant general manager Bob Boone, watching.

What’s next? Pat Boone singing the first national anthem at Nationals Park? T. Boone Pickens throwing out the first pitch? …

It was a little windier than Sunday, but another good crowd showed to watch pitchers and catchers — including two dogs wearing Nationals colors. Yesterday, a short haired terrier wore a cape that said, “Little Nationals fan.”

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP — MARK ZUCKERMAN

The Washington Times’ beat writer predicted Bret Boone would join the Nationals moments before he walked in the room.

UP — NEW CARTS

The new red and white carts that team officials drive around the complex are four seaters, front and back.

DOWN — VIERA

It is amazing they roll up the streets in much of the area so early at night.

DOWN — EMERGENCY CATCHER

Aaron Boone? “I’d bring back the Tony Pena, the leg sticking out. I don’t know how long I could squat,” he said.

OVERHEARD

“You guys look a little puzzled.”

— Bret Boone to reporters

BY THE NUMBERS

3 Boones seen at Space Coast Stadium yesterday.

TODAY’S WEATHER

District: Sunny, windy, 47 degrees

Viera: Party cloudy, 69 degrees

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Tomorrow: Position players report; pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Thursday: Position players take physicals; pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Friday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Saturday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Sunday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Monday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/north: Take Route 528 East (Beachline Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway two miles to the stadium on the right. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. At the traffic circle, turn right on Lake Andrew Drive. Turn left on Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Turn right on Stadium Parkway and follow to the stadium on the left. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

Thom Loverro

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