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On Monday, the Washington Nationals set course for the Club’s Spring Training facility in Viera, Fla., as part of the annual ritual that has come to be known as Moving Day.
“With Moving Day, we know it’s the beginning of the 2011 season because the offseason is now over,” Nationals Clubhouse Manager Mike Wallace said.
While the players still have some time before reporting to Florida, Monday marked the unofficial start of the season as the Nats loaded up their JK Moving & Storage tractor trailer with 30,000 pounds of equipment for the 800-plus mile trek to Space Coast Stadium. In preparation for the start of Spring Training, Wallace and his staff packed up and loaded a vast assortment of gear, ranging from weight training equipment and medical supplies to player uniforms and apparel.
“As the stuff gets loaded, you keep saying to yourself, ‘please have enough room, please have enough room.’ But it always works out to where we get everything on there and then the truck is on its way,” Wallace said.
There’s no doubt that a lot of work goes into coordinating the big move, but according to Wallace, it’s all worth it–if only for one reason in particular.
“I’m looking forward to being in a place where I don’t have to worry about the ice and snow,” he said.
Florida is a good place to start.
MOVING DAY FACTS
Nationals Spring Training headquarters………Space Coast Stadium (Viera, Fla.)*
Official moving company…………………………JK Moving & Storage
Moving truck size …………………………………53-foot trailer
Estimated trip mileage ………………………….. 869
Estimated weight of equipment……………….. 30,000 lbs.
Approximate number of baseball bats ordered for Spring Training…………. 600
Approximate number of baseballs ordered for Spring Training……………… 14,400
Earlier this week, Nats Manager Jim Riggleman teamed-up with Screech and toured the newly-opened Pediatric Emergency Department at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
A native of Rockville, Md., Riggleman didn’t hesitate when presented the opportunity to visit the facility by his former Frostburg State University teammate Ken Coffey, who now serves as president/chief development officer of the hospital.
“I’ve got a lot of family up here,” Riggleman said. “My mother was treated here. It’s a great hospital. I’m just really appreciative of how well my mother and other members of my family have been treated here through the years, so I got the opportunity to come back up here and jumped at that.”
During the visit, the Nationals skipper signed autographs and spoke with patients, their families and staff members for nearly an hour before attending a speaking engagement with the Rotary Club of Frederick.
The Center Field gate at Nationals Park was transformed into a winter wonderland before today’s game. In conjunction with the Christmas in July Toy Drive, going on this weekend at the Park, Nationals’ fans arrived to the game and were given a real treat. Screech, dressed as Santa, carried around mistletoe hanging from a baseball bat and tried to get fans to kiss. Also, Nationals pitchers Tyler Clippard, Garrett Mock, and Jason Bergmann met with the fans, signing autographs and handing out Nationals tattoos.
David Gough, 12, came to the game with his mom, Jennifer. His little league team, the Cubs, recently beat the Nationals for the championship. He’s hoping for a different result tonight.
“I just met Tyler Clippard,” David said. “He was really nice and signed my program for me.”
Olivia Wortman, 6, received a Nationals tattoo from Clippard when she arrived at the park too. This season ticket holder plays for the Nationals in her “coaches-pitch” league and was excited to meet the players who share her same uniform.
“It was really cool to meet the players,” Olivia said. “Now I have to go get my favorite game food: pizza and Gifford’s Cookies and Cream ice cream!”
Jason Bergmann handed out temporary Curly “W” tattoos to fans as they walked through the Center Field gate.
“I love interacting with the fans,” Bergmann said. “I try to do this as often as I can.”
Catch some of your favorite players, and the mischievous Screech, at the Center Field gate all weekend long. Don’t forget to bring your new, unwrapped gifts to the game to donate to Toys for Tots during the fourth annual Christmas in July Toy Drive with the Washington Nationals.
Name the CAPS: The future stars of the Capitals took time off from the Capital Development Camp to watch the Nats.
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