Good morning, NatsTown. I'm coming to you live from Cloud Nine.
My voice is gone and I'm running on minimal sleep. And it couldn't feel any better. (By the way, if you watched Fox's report about the Steelers and Packers bars on Capitol Hill being next to each other, and you saw somebody in a throwback Packers jersey walking through the back of the shot at the Hawk and Dove, that was yours truly.)
Anyway, with the Super Bowl done, there's nothing in the way of the words you've all been waiting to hear: Pitchers and catchers report a week from tomorrow.
A few of you have been asking about the Nationals' spring training schedule, and I'll give you a quick primer on it this morning (because God knows I'm not going to be capable of journalism much more coherent than that today).
As I just mentioned, Nationals pitchers and catchers report to Viera, Fla., on Feb. 15, and the first workout for those players will be on Feb. 17. The rest of the Nationals' players report on Feb. 20, and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 22. And finally, the team plays its first game on Feb. 28 at 1:10 p.m., traveling to Port St. Lucie to face the Mets before facing New York again the next day in Viera.
I'll be arriving in Viera a week from today, and will have my first dispatch on the early arrivers next Monday afternoon. We'll have plenty of different kinds of coverage throughout the spring - my plan is to have more audio and video content than we did last year - and we've got a couple other new things we're already rolling out.
The first one is a text messaging service, where you can get Nationals (and Orioles) news and updates at spring training sent to your mobile phone. Text "MASN" to 74499 if you're interested in that. Once you do, you'll get a reply message asking if you want Nationals, Orioles or Ravens content, and you can pick from there. We've also got a new Facebook page, only for Nationals content, and you can access that by "liking" MASN Nationals. And finally, we're putting the finishing touches on an arrangement for a series of round table events like we had in December. I'll hopefully have more details on that in a day or two.
If you've got any questions or suggestions for spring training, I'll refer you to our spring training suggestion box, where there's already a good complement of ideas. You're always welcome to add to it.
I'll have more throughout the week, including a preview of the top spring training stories to watch, and we'll get things started from Viera a week from today.
Oh, and be sure to check out Kristen Hudak's Twitter account - I'm particularly fond of her new avatar. You should ask her how she got it.
I'll try to bottle my Packers-related references from here on out, if you'll indulge me just one more:
The Vince Lombardi Trophy is coming home.