Author Archives: ArVaFan aka Laura Peebles

A final recap on our trip to West Palm Beach to see the #Nats

Mostly non-baseball summary of visiting West Palm Beach for baseball Where to stay: There is a group of hotels on Metrocentre Blvd. a five minute drive from the Park.  Pick your brand:  Marriott, Springhill, Homewood Suites, Red Roof Inn Plus.  We stay at … Continue reading

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The last practice before Spring Training games begin for the #Nats

Feb. 22, 2018 Today was the last practice day before Spring Training games begin. It was also “Photo Day” in West Palm Beach: everyone looking spiffy in their whites. Doo (Sean Doolittle) always comes out with his cap askew—wonder if … Continue reading

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Bryce Harper in “Live” BP was the fan’s highlight today!

Feb. 21, 2018 It seems any day Bryce Harper does anything special early in Spring Training the fans get excited. Yesterday he was struck out by Sean Doolittle. Today he got to face Max Scherzer. When Tanner Roark walked out … Continue reading

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Tuesday observations from #Nats Spring Training

Feb.  20, 2018 The players were inside for the physicals, etc., so workouts didn’t start until 11am. This technically wasn’t a full-squad workout day, so we knew we weren’t going to see the same routine as the last few days.  We … Continue reading

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Day #1 of position players with a full squad Circle of Trust

Feb. 19, 2018 If you stay after everyone else leaves, you might be surprised with what you see on the back fields in the Palm Beach complex. We were hanging out catching up on the news of the day that … Continue reading

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The Sunday wrap-up with the #Nats at Spring Training

Feb. 18, 2018 Pro tip:  if you want to catch home run balls flying out of catchers’ batting practice (between 9 and 9:30), play back rather than hang on the back fence.  If you hang on the fence, the girl in red … Continue reading

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First weekend of #Nats Spring Training

Feb. 17 The catchers were hitting on Field 1 as we came into the park.  Spouse yelled at one of the fielders, “Hey, throw me one!” He responded “where’s your glove?”  When she said “home in my dresser drawer,” he bounced one … Continue reading

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Bryan Harper throws/Bryce Harper arrives at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Feb. 16 So, today there were a lot more fans at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  That included a number of Astros fans who said that they weren’t doing that much over on the Astros side, so came over … Continue reading

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My first days at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Run ‘til they tag you . . . or how to sneak into Nationals Spring Training a day early. So, we head off for the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. We pull into the back parking lot through the same … Continue reading

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Bob Davids Chapter of Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) meeting

These summaries are transcribed from my notes, so none should be taken as verbatim quotes. Somehow in the Q & A every speaker was asked about replay and the possible pitch clock, and most of them were asked about the … Continue reading

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