Nats fans get creative seeking autographs at Spring Training
VIERA, Fl. -- John Hughes of Arlington has been a Nats fan since he was a freshman in college back in 2005, and came to Viera on a mission this year.
“I have lineup cards from games I went to in the past two seasons,” he said. “I want to get one of these for each of the seasons I have been a season ticket holder. It's always a game the Nationals won and a game I went to.”
His goal was to get them signed, but not just by anyone on that card.
“I was hoping to get a signature from Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez,” he said.
They just happen to be the starting and winning pitchers of the two games.
Bryce Harper takes his first swings of the spring. Matt Williams pitching. #Nats http://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_thumb/570651809804619776/pu/img/bX-v_66VBjP_r8Lc.jpg
Infield practice turning two. Even the camera guy has to duck. Nobody was harmed in the making of this video http://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_thumb/570283262418898944/pu/img/6cn7qIHnQp57KaUq.jpg
By: George Wallace
VIERA, Fl. — Spring Training is only a few days old and there’s already been plenty of talk about what the next offseason could bring. Mike Rizzo will face some tough decisions concerning this roster after 2015.
There are a number of players that will be free agents at the end of this year, including shortstop Ian Desmond. He’s been with the organization since being drafted by Montreal in 2004, and the rumors swirled this off season that he was on the verge of being traded to both the Mariners and Mets. He turned down a contract extension last offseason and now is playing in his final year before reaching free agency. Nevertheless, Desmond enters camp a lot more relaxed and says he’s only worried about this year and won’t let anything else be a distraction.
“I’m not thinking about it, I’m going to enjoy this ride,” he said Monday. “You know what? If it’s my last year here, it’s my last year here. But I’m going to enjoy every single day. I owe it to everybody here to give it my 100 percent concentration.”