- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 26, 2006

VIERA, Fla.

OK, so we know everyone’s out to get the Nationals, but this is ridiculous.

As players were showering and getting dressed following yesterday’s workout, the power went out at Space Coast Stadium. Total darkness ensued in the clubhouse, aside from one weak emergency light at the far end of the room. Needless to say, the Nationals weren’t pleased. Gary Majewski, who was trying to find his clothes, let out a loud yell. At least he already was at his locker when the lights went out — Chad Cordero was in the shower and barely could find his way out.

For a few of the Latin players, the blackout brought back some fond memories. “Are we in the Dominican now?” one asked aloud. “Feels like home.” John Patterson probably had the line of the day, though, yelling out to clubhouse manager Mike Wallace: “Looks like MLB did it to us again, Wally!” The media tried to help as best we could. A Comcast cameraman turned his spotlight on so the players could see the lunch spread in the center of the room and be able to distinguish between pastrami and salami. And one photographer happened to have several colored glow sticks and spread them around the floor to create a clear walkway, prompting Ryan Zimmerman to ask: “What are we now, a nightclub?” …

One year after the fact, two diehard fans just aren’t ready to let it go. Two familiar faces from past spring trainings were spotted walking around the morning workout wearing their Montreal Expos shirts and caps. Nos amours pour toujours. …

The Buzz

BRIAN LAWRENCE

GOING UNDER THE KNIFE AND WON’T BE SEEN FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS.

What turmoil?

Vidro, Soriano laugh and joke with each other around batting cage.

THE BLACKOUT

NO TRUTH TO THE RUMOR THAT BUD SELIG WAS THE ONE WHO PULLED THE PLUG.

Journalistic facts

OK, we got it wrong: The big Soriano meeting Thursday wasn’t at Cracker Barrel. It was Perkins.

Injury report

Reliever Luis Ayala threw his scheduled bullpen session yesterday. The right-hander had been shut down the previous two days complaining of tightness and soreness in his elbow.

Overheard

“Soriano! Soriano! Second base! Second base!”

— Anonymous fan to the Nats’ newest star

“Yeah, tell that to the manager!”

— Soriano’s response

Seven-Day Schedule

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY: vs. KIA Tigers in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

THURSDAY: vs. Pirates in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

FRIDAY: vs. Pirates in Bradenton, 1:05 p.m.

SATURDAY: (ss) vs. Panama in Viera, 1:05 p.m.; (ss) vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.

minutes.

Today’s weather

Washington: sunny, 36 degrees.

Viera: showers, 66 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman and Ken Wright

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