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Standing in the Nationals' clubhouse after a 3-2 extra-innings win over the Miami Marlins, shortstop Ian Desmond wore a shirt that read "Better Every Day."
A week ago, as he was coming off the mound in Washington following one easy inning of work, Ross Detwiler shook manager Davey Johnson's hands and thought he misheard the manager tell him it was a fine tuneup for his next start.
The first pitch Gio Gonzalez fired as a member of the Washington Nationals popped into Wilson Ramos' glove early Tuesday afternoon and the radar gun reading flashed on the scoreboard behind him: 94 mph. His last pitch of the first inning clocked in at 95.
Sean Burnett worked through his repertoire pitch by pitch, knocking off the rust in a bullpen session typical of the early days of spring training. It would be a few more days before he and his fellow Washington Nationals pitchers had a chance to face batters, so Burnett was throwing for an audience of one - catcher Sandy Leon.
Five springs ago, Jesus Flores arrived at Washington Nationals camp as a burly 22-year-old catcher. He had a rocket arm, could handle the bat well enough to last on the Nationals' 25-man roster throughout 2007 as a Rule 5 pick and was quickly deemed the "catcher of the future" in D.C.
As Edwin Jackson threw his first bullpen session of the season Wednesday, Washington Nationals' pitching coach Steve McCatty watched him closely. Alerted by McCatty, manager Davey Johnson made his way toward catcher Wilson Ramos as one of Jackson's pitches hummed past.
The words are Spanish. Black cursive, flanked by tufts of cerulean blue ink. They blanket the immense left forearm of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. His favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, now tattooed there as a permanent reminder of the day his life began anew.
With only three games remaining before the NFL season wraps up (no, the Pro Bowl doesn't count), baseball will take the stage shortly, when spring training begins just ahead of March Madness. We still don't know if Prince Fielder will be among the Washington Nationals reporting to Viera, Fla., but at least pitcher Gio Gonzalez will be settling in for a while.
Ever since a gunman tried to rob his father, Venezuelan businessman Dumas Rojas has insisted on driving cars with armored windows strong enough to withstand the bullets of a .44 Magnum.