MELBOURNE, Fla. - Hello from the lovely Residence Inn Melbourne, the hotel and home base for me (and, it seems, about half of the Nationals' baseball operations staff) during spring training.
Hope you're enjoying your Monday evening. Perhaps somewhat foolishly, I signed up with my wife and a few friends from my church for the Spartan Race - one of those adventure/obstacle course 5K runs in June where you swim through mud, climb walls, jump over fire and the like. I've run three marathons, but when it comes to upper body strength, my picture probably attests to the fact I'm not very gifted. And if the first workout I just completed for this thing is any indication, I'm in for a challenge. MASN's own Lindsay Rykiel is doing the Tough Mudder this summer, which I've heard is even more extreme than what I've signed up for.
Anyway, I just wanted to let all of you know about a semi-regular feature we're excited to bring you during the 2011 season. Every so often, we're going to touch base with Nationals prospect Ryan Tatusko for an interview on what life is like in the minor leagues. He came to the Nationals from the Rangers in the Cristian Guzman trade last July, and had an impressive year at the Double-A level, going 12-3 with a 2.97 ERA, including a 3-1 mark with a 1.72 ERA in six starts at Double-A Harrisburg.
He's big on interacting with fans through social media (he's on Twitter here) and is excited about sharing a little of his life in pro baseball with all of you.
I'm meeting with him in the morning, and while I'll ask some few questions, I'd like to give you the floor to submit a few of your own. Just leave them in the comments section, and I'll pass them along.