A couple of thoughts from being in Viera this week ...
While the release of Shawn Hill was disappointing to many of his teammates, it also sent a message that acting GM Mike Rizzo isn't worried about hurting anyone's feelings.
Hill was a sentimental favorite in camp. He had guts and a work ethic second to none. On the mound he was a bulldog, but the problem was that you never knew when he was going to be on the mound.
Rizzo and the Nats can't afford to wait around and find out "what if" with the tender righty. Our best wishes go out to him as he tries to continue his career elsewhere. I hear the Red Sox may have some interest in him. Being a Canadian, he'd fit in well in Beantown.
Bob Boone, the Nats' assistant GM and VP of Player Development watched the game with a heavy heart last night after finding out his son Aaron was in the process of driving from Astros spring training camp in Kissimmee to his home in Arizona with open heart surgery on the agenda in the near future.
While the former Nationals infielder may never play baseball again, he has many options ahead of him.
His dad told me last night that he could wind up back on the field (doctors haven't ruled out his return to playing), in the front office or even on television. We'll find room for him at MASN if he's interested. He's a real professional and a great person. That's a combination that comes from a family of good people.
It was fun working with Rob Dibble and Bob Carpenter last night in Viera, Florida.
I have to say Rob's got a unique personality that I think our fans will really enjoy this season.
Also, here's a shout out to the MANY Nats fans I recognized at Space Coast Stadium from DC that traveled down to support the home town team. Safe travels back!