- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2005

SEEN AND HEARD

VIERA, Fla. — Even the Redskins’ unsettling quarterback situation is getting noticed by those in the newest game in town. Nationals right fielder Jose Guillen somehow managed to find a football in the clubhouse yesterday and was talking big about how far he can throw the pigskin. Guillen, who has one of the better outfield arms in baseball, said he can chuck a long, tight spiral about 50 yards. And he didn’t stop there.

Said Guillen: “The Washington Redskins need a quarterback, and I’m ready.” …

Continuing with the theme of other pro sports, Brian Schneider was given his new-look catcher’s mask yesterday and was blown away by the NHL goalie-style gear.

Schneider’s mask is predominantly silver with the stars and stripes running along each side. The contraption also includes a couple of interlocking “DC” logos, a couple of curly “W” logos and the word “Nationals” across the front.

Schneider’s reaction upon seeing his new mask: “Sweet.”

THE BUZZ

Up ” Mets vs. Nationals

Let’s get it on!

Up ” Starting lineup

So much for resting the regular eight.

Up ” Full house

Space Coast Stadium, press box expected to be packed.

Down ” Work production in D.C.

How many will call in sick today?

BY THE NUMBERS

12,208

Days since a major league baseball team from Washington last played an organized game.

100

Media credentials (including 40 ESPN crew members) approximately issued for today’s exhibition opener.

OVERHEARD

“Golf is a funny game. One day you’re Payne Stewart, the next day you’re Martha Stewart.”

— Infielder George Arias on his second love.

NATIONALS’ SCHEDULE

TODAY: vs. Mets in Viera, 1 p.m.

TOMORROW: vs. Bethune-Cookman in Viera, 1 p.m.

FRIDAY: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

SATURDAY: vs. Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, 1 p.m.

SUNDAY: vs. Astros (ss) in Viera, vs. Mets (ss) in Port St. Lucie, 1 p.m.

MONDAY: vs. Tigers in Lakeland, 1 p.m.

TUESDAY: vs. Cardinals in Jupiter, 1 p.m.

How to get to Space Coast Stadium

From Orlando/North: Take Rte. 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Blvd. (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Blvd./Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approx. time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Rd. (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Dr. and follow to the stadium. Approx. time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Windy, 41 degrees

Viera: Sunny, 63 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman and Ken Wright


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