BALTIMORE - In a quiet day in the Nationals’ clubhouse, a couple pregame tidbits that don’t have much to do with baseball:
* Country singer Jason Aldean, who’s playing at Jiffy Lube Live in Northern Virginia tonight, popped into the Nationals’ clubhouse before today’s game. He spent some time chatting with Adam LaRoche, and later put on a Nationals uniform to play catch on the field with the team. His single, “My Kinda Party,” has been a fairly ubiquitous presence around ballparks this spring. It’s one of the only country songs I actually like. No word, though, on whether MLB.com’s Bill Ladson considers it a Bad-Ass Tune.
* The death of former professional wrestler Randy “Macho Man” Savage on Friday hit home for Nationals bullpen coach Jim Lett, who roomed with Savage (then going by his real name, Randall Poffo) when they played together at Single-A Tampa, then the Reds’ Florida State League affiliate, in 1974. Lett batted .248 that season, his second-to-last in pro ball, and it was Savage’s last year in the minors; he hit .232 with nine homers and 66 RBIs. Savage died on Friday in a single-vehicle accident in the Tampa area. He was 58.