Nats pack up for spring training

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When confronted by the end of the football season and a gray, dreary, rain-soaked February on Monday, some people cheer themselves with thoughts of upcoming Wizards and Caps contests. Others think of the Olympics. Others think of bourbon. And still others think of the dawn of baseball season.

In fact, my dad and I used to mark the occasion with our first catch of the year, standing outside in many feet of Western New York snow and throwing a baseball back and forth for 16 or so seconds.

Anyhow, if you’re one of the “baseball is coming!!!!” types, here are some images for you. They come from Nats Park on Friday, when the equipment was packed up for its annual journey to Florida and spring training.

According to the team, the movers will haul 30,000 pounds or so of equipment around 870 miles to Viera; the team ordered around 600 bats for spring training, and around 16,800 balls. Also, if you scroll down, you’ll note that Screech appears to have sabotaged the efforts by ripping one of the boxes, likely with his beak, or whatever.

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Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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