- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Nationals’ in-house production department collected video yesterday for RFK Stadium’s scoreboard promos between innings.

MASN was also here to film material for its pre- and postgame shows, and for all its spring games and the regular season.

Right-hander Jerome Williams’ job was to show the cameras how to grip and throw his three fastballs. The MASN camera crew thought Williams was a television natural.

“Don’t let that fool you, I was nervous the whole time,” Williams said.

Tim Redding (right), who acted as Williams’ catcher, was given the task of showing how to cover first base.

“It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, I thought it would be like take 45,” Redding said.

Reliever Jon Rauch thought he was supposed to show how to properly use the rosin bag, that was until Chris Michalak walked out of the tunnel swinging a rosin bag.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

STRAIGHT FROM JAPAN

Team masseur and sushi expert Makoto arrives.

SLICK BP BALLS

Pitchers want somebody to rub down the balls.

NATIONALS ACCELERATED PROGRAM

Young arms impressing Acta.

STIFF BREEZE

Strong wind returns after one-week hiatus.

BY THE NUMBERS

8 Nationals exhibition games that will be televised by MASN

4 Nationals exhibition games against the Baltimore Orioles that will be televised by MASN

OVERHEARD

“Zim, stop it, it’s only February.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta after watching third baseman Ryan Zimmerman make a charging, barehanded grab and throw to first on a slow chopper during infield practice

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

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

Tuesday: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

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

Friday: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

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

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

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Rain/snow, 37 degrees.

Viera: Mostly cloudy, 81 degrees.

— Ken Wright

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