(AP Photo. BFFs Ian Desmond and Cristian Guzman enjoy a spring training chat in the dugout.)
"We're friends. He's my buddy. Nothing really needed to be said. If something needed to be said, he would have said something. We're cool. No hard feelings. ... I know he's behind me. He's got my back."
(Ian Desmond, via Nationals Journal, 3/31/2010)
Guzman survives his first day at 2B. Desmond survives Guzman's first day at 2B.
No hard feelings: a combined six hits, three RBI, and a pair of double plays (6-4-3 and 4-6-3) for Washington's new part-time double play combo.
2 more errors -- 7 for the spring -- for Desmond. La la la la I can't hear you.
Here's Jim Riggleman on Guzman's performance, courtesy of the People's Champion, Mark Zuckerman:
"He's really going to be a big contributor to the club. He's going to play second, short, third, pinch-hit, just somewhat of a utility role but more than that. With his ability to swing the bat from both sides of the plate, I just think we really have some good options there with our three middle infielders."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nats Insider, 3/31/2010)
Three middle infielders? Let's see...Desmond. Guzman. We're missing someone. Ah, yes! Kennedy! Adam Kennedy! Has anyone asked Adam Kennedy how he's feeling about things these days? More importantly, how was Guzzie feeling after his first career start at second?
"It felt a little weird with the angles. I'm happy because I work hard. I want to do everything for my team and hope we win."
(Cristian Guzman, via Nationals.com, 3/31/2010)
Scott Olsen will get paid a million bucks, no matter what.
J.D. Martin optioned to Syracuse. Based on the scant opportunities he was given by the organization this spring, he never really stood a chance.