Post Nats/MLB preview; Mock hurts his cause

2010 Baseball PreviewThe Post
Let’s see, an article on defense, meet the Nats, a Phillies article (Stan Kasten is excited) and more. No Baltimore crap either, so the Post is learning a little. I did expect more though.

The curious case of Garrett MockNats Insider
Garrett Mock, though to be headed for a spot in the rotation, is in trouble. He’s allowed 31 baserunners in 18 2/3 spring training innings. The only thing that may save his chance is the Nats don’t need fifth pitcher until April 11.

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DC to Boston: Delta Comair flights 6652 & 6653

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WASHINGTON, D.C. to BOSTON — When searching for a flight to take me to Boston and back, I was kind of surprised that the best deal I could get for National to Logan Airports was on Delta Connection, but economy being a major factor in my decision, I went with it.

Both flights were aboard Bombardier Aerospace CRJ planes. Unfortunately, I do not recall the specific type of CRJ. I sat on the right side of the plane by the wing both times. The view up to Boston included the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, lower Delaware, South Jersey, Long Island and Rhode Island — oops. If I fly this route again, I’ll be a on the left side so that I can see the cities of the Northeast Corridor. On the ride back, I saw Hartford and that was about it, again sitting on the wrong side.

The CRJ is a small jet and the thought “Greyhound of the sky” came to mind. Headed to Boston we also had to deal with poor air conditioning and very limited drink service — nothing more than water and maybe Coke which meant I did not have my customary whiskey on the plane. I missed giving my usual toast — “to happy landings.” In retrospect, I should have complained to the airline in hopes of a drink voucher for the ride back. It would have turned out to be a moot point though, because the flight home was also dry, though it was air conditioned and had more soda options.

Though I am being critical of the flights, I would fly them again. Both flights took off on time and landed considerably early. I’ve had longer rides to work than these flights, so they exceeded my expectations and met the most important deliverable — getting me there on-time and safe.

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No changes expected for cyclists on Nats Opening Day

The Washington Nationals sent out a transportation alert for Opening Day (not online for some reason) since the president will throwing out the first pitch. I read the alert and saw no mention of bicyclists, so I asked Lisa Pagano, communications manager for the team, if there were any. She reported that there apparently were not. I’ll keep my eye out to see if that changes.

I’ve been riding my bike to Nats games since the team played at RFK Stadium. Nationals Park has bike racks that accommodate 250 bikes as well as a bike valet. I still wonder if I should tip the bike valet.

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Biking to Nationals Park April 24, 2008

IN OTHER NEWS

The long journey pays off for new Washington Nationals shortstop Ian DesmondThe Post
Opening Day shortstop Ian Desmond is finally in the big leagues, five years after being the Nats “first prospect.”

Strasburg officially set to debut at BCBThe Altoona Mirror
Stephen Strasburg’s first start for the Harrisburg Senators is scheduled for April 11 in Altoona, Pa. Welcome to the minors Strasburg! I’m sure he’s very excited to be debuting in the birthplace of Sheetz. It appears to be a nice ballpark though, I like the roller coaster behind the outfield.

Strasburg won’t be pitching in the exhibition game against the Red Sox on Saturday either. He’ll be spared seeing scores of pink hats.

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