We'll take this opportunity to break out the official Nationals Enquirer Panic Button for the first time this spring. This is only a test. We aren't worried about yesterday's 9-1 loss to the Pirates, but just like a test of the Emergency Broadcast System, we feel that it is good to be prepared in the event of an emergency. This is only a test.
It's pointless to say anything about Spring Training performances, especially one game in (or two if you count the Kia game), so we won't mention anything about Ramon Ortiz's so-so first start or that leadoff-hitter-in-the-making Brandon Watson went 2-2, walked once, and stole a base (Brad who?), or that Mike DeFelice should be given the backup catcher job, effective immediately. What we're trying to say is that we're not saying anything right now.
We also wish to take back what was said yesterday about being sick of Spring Training already. It was it refreshing to listen to yesterday's game on the radio, so we're probably actually about a week away from being sick of Spring Training now. And after one game, we're ready to officially give a vote of confidence to new Nats radio guy Dave Jageler, despite what was just said about it being too early in the spring to make conclusions about anything.
>Washington Times' Nats Report (in the Buzz section): "AVAILABLE ARMS: Two games in and they're already calling up minor leaguers for help." Guys, it's Spring Training.