The sweet smell of fresh grass, the crack of the bat, and getting a tan?..all sights and sounds of Spring Training! I can?t believe it?s time to start another season here in DC and with the team in Florida, you know it?s right around the corner. While our Nationals get set for an exciting 2007 season down in Viera, Florida, your fluffy eagle here has been living it up in DC! I?ve been flying all over the area for a lot of events with fans, and even got to help two younger fans celebrate their birthdays?.they had some of the best cake and ice cream, but I?ve got to watch my weight;)
But when I?m not entertaining fans this month, I?ve been preparing for the season myself. I?ve been working with the Nat Pack on some new fun stuff for the upcoming games, have been training with the Presidents for this year?s races (Teddy did an extended program with the team in Florida) and have been practicing my driving skills in the Safeway truck for the T-shirt launch! It?s March already, so I?ve got only a few short weeks before our first game against those Orioles here at RFK (we?ll see if my fine feathered friend the Orioles Bird dares to come down!) and then Opening Day. I?ll have more for you in a few weeks, so keep your eyes on the blog and let?s go Nats!
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Well, what a whirlwind January it was, and a great start to 2007! Your big eagle here got a chance to meet and greet the Nationals faithful and some of the best fans in MLB when I got to travel with centerfielder Nook Logan, pitcher Mike O?Connor and 3rd baseman Ryan Zimmerman and new manager Manny Acta on the Winter Caravan. It was great to see so many fans young and old out at all the different events. I got to entertain the kids of Kimball Elementary School as we announced our school adoption program, sign some autographs at the Washington Square Team store, visit some great kids at Children?s Medical Center and hand out some great Nats gear, and watch the players cook up some delicious food at the ESPN Zone. Mike, Ryan and Nook were great to hang out with, but they wouldn?t let me eat any of the food?.Manny said I had to go on a diet and get ready for the season! It was great getting to see all you wonderful fans, and it?s great to know Spring Training and the 2007 season is almost here!
I also got to play with some of the best cars at the Washington Auto Show for a few days. I saw a lot of Nationals gear out at the event, and even got a chance to take some pictures with fans. It was a lot of fun to play around in some fun, expensive cars, but sadly they wouldn?t let me take the Hummer back to my nest?
Finally, I got to play in some SNOW! I got a chance to help the grounds crew clean the field and play in the snow that came to DC earlier this week. With all the cold weather, I just keep waiting for Spring Training which is right around the corner! I?ll be flying around DC over these next couple weeks, so feel free to send an e-mail to me at my nest @ firstname.lastname@example.org! Until next time, GO NATS!