- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Catcher/first baseman Robert Fick was spotted wearing a gray No. 24 Nick Johnson jersey in the clubhouse about an hour before the game.

Fick, who didn’t stick around long enough in the clubhouse to offer a reason why he was wearing the injured first baseman’s number, is known to keep the mood light inside the team’s clubhouse.

Conspiracy theories abound as to why Fick was wearing Johnson’s number.

Theory No. 1: Perhaps it was Fick’s way of offering rehab inspiration to Johnson, who has yet to play this season after breaking his leg in a horrific collision with right fielder Austin Kearns last September at Shea Stadium.

Theory No. 2: Maybe it was Fick’s way of honoring Jackie Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day at RFK. If No. 24 is turned around, it becomes Robinson’s retired No. 42.

Theory No. 3: Because Fick can play first base, maybe it was a case of mistaken identity. …

OVERHEARD

“Tonight we’re calling it a 40/40 night, 40 degrees and 40 mile-per-hour wind.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta on last night’s weather at RFK

TODAY’S GAME

Braves’ RHP John Smoltz (1-1, 3.15 ERA) vs. Nationals’ RHP Jerome Williams (0-2, 4.91). 7:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Ken Wright

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