Good morning, Nats fans--and what a great morning it is. Why, you ask? Something related to this.
(Full disclosure: I am from Minnesota. But my whole family is from Wisconsin. I am a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan because, well, my great-grandfather was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, and as those of us in Packer Nation will tell you, you often don't get a choice in these things. I grew up across enemy lines, hating the Minnesota Vikings and everything they stood for. I loved Brett Favre as a child, but as you often do when you grow up, you see sides of people you wish you didn't see. I saw that in the summer of 2008 when he held the most dramatic of his annual retirement soap operas, and spent most of this year wondering when Packer fans were going to get payback for watching all this, losing to him twice and having countless announcers fawn over this "fairytale," as if the moral of the story is, "Go back on your word, be vengeful, make unreasonable demands of a new team, and maybe you'll get to go to the Super Bowl." But in the end, Brett Favre did what Brett Favre does. Sometimes, sports pays you back.)
Anyway, on to baseball--or my return to it after a fantastic ski trip in Utah. (For reader Bob_in_Manassas: We did a day at Park City, a day at Alta in about a foot of powder, and a day at the Canyons, my personal favorite of the places I've skied out there. All of it was during a huge winter storm. Simply outstanding).
The Nationals hold their annual Winter Caravan this week, with stops in Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland. It all culminates in Sunday's FanFest at Nationals Park, and for those of you who have things you'd like to ask of the Nats front office, Sunday will afford you that opportunity.
I don't have a whole lot of new Nats news to bring to the table at this point, but I'm happy to talk baseball today. So let's call the comments section of this post an open forum: Ask about whatever burning Nats topics are on your mind, and I'll address them. Maybe some of them will spark an issue we'll explore in greater detail. Maybe we'll throw together a live chat at some point this week. Just fire away, and we'll see where it goes.
Should you find yourself five yards from a game-winning field goal at the end of the NFC Championship Game, though, such a haphazard approach is not recommended with a football. Fair warning.