- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA, Fla.

There are certain things you expect to see at spring training. Players jogging from practice field to practice field. Fans milling around hoping to get autographs. Media members suffering from sunburn.

But it’s probably safe to say no one expected to see a major league general manager riding around on a Segway.

Yes, Jim Bowden chose the high-tech, electric two-wheeler (tricked out with Nationals logos, of course) as his preferred mode of transportation. And he didn’t just use it to move from field to field. No, he used it to move the 5 feet from one bullpen mound to the next or simply to spin around in circles while behind the batting cage.

Look for Bowden to break out his unicycle tomorrow.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP — Rotation depth

Odalis Perez joins the starting pitching derby.

SIDE — Position players report

Whole squad arrives today … except for Elijah Dukes.

DOWN — Hand-operated scoreboards

Space Coast Stadium going electronic.

OVERHEARD

“The last two weeks last year, playing against guys that were in our division and in the heat of the battle for playoff spots, we played them pretty tough. We’re going to take that and keep going with it. That really got our confidence up.”

— Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the Nationals’ success against the Mets and Phillies last September.

BY THE NUMBERS

7

Major leaguers who played in all 162 games in 2007 (Ryan Zimmerman, Jeff Francouer, Carlos Lee, Juan Pierre, Jimmy Rollins, Grady Sizemore and Delmon Young).

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Rain/snow showers, 46 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 74 degrees.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Position players report, pitchers and catchers work out, 9 a.m.

Tomorrow: Position players take physicals, pitchers and catchers work out, 9 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

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

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. At the traffic circle, turn right on Lake Andrew Drive. Turn left on Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Turn right on Stadium Parkway and follow to the stadium on the left. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

Mark Zuckerman


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