Well, now that NatsFest is over, we can officially begin our countdown to the baseball season.
First step: Exactly two weeks until pitchers and catchers report. Pretty soon, Dan Kolko will be heading down to Viera, Fla., for spring training, trading in the cold for Florida weather and baseball. I'm not saying I'm jealous of the weather he'll experience, but I'm also not ruling out sneaking down to Florida by stowing away in Kolko's luggage.
NatsFest was such a great event, and I had a wonderful time meeting a bunch of fans. In addition to the more than 8,400 Nats fans that came out to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, a lot of Nationals players made appearances. While many Nationals signed autographs and took pictures with fans, they also updated reporters on their offseason.
Here are some headlines from Saturday's event:
* Harper unsure if he'll be 100 percent for camp
* Espinosa: "If I can get a fair opportunity to win my job, I feel I can do it"
* Quotes from Rizzo
* Trade rumors don't bother Storen
* Detwiler's mindset: I've won a rotation spot before, I can do it again
* Moore: "I'm definitely gonna have to earn what I'm gonna get"
* Any role Nats throw at him is fine for Roark
While there were many interesting storylines from NatsFest, make sure that you don't miss any other headlines that happened away from the event. And remember, pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13!
* Taylor on 40-man roster and next step with Nationals
* Nats announce promotional schedule
* Baseball Prospectus lists Giolito, Cole and Goodwin on their top 101 prospects list
* Gio Gonzalez and Jorge Posada: An unlikely offseason tandem
* Tracy signs with Angels
* Strasburg sets goals for 2014