Tag:Lastings Milledge
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:31 pm

Look for this on the highlights tonight

Unless you were watching it already: Fabulous running catch by Pittsburgh left-fielder Lastings Milledge to rob Andre Ethier of extra bases with one out in the third inning Monday. Milledge had a long run before making the grab practically over his shoulder on the left-center warning track.

Pretty cool way to spend his 25th birthday, by the way. Milledge, not Ethier.
Posted on: March 3, 2009 4:37 pm

The rites (and writes) of spring

VIERA, Fla. -- Ah, Florida. Driving across the central part of the state the other day on State Road 70, en route from one training camp to the next, and this is what I saw:

-- A handful of cattle farms and several signs near them announcing, "Beef. It's what's for dinner." And it was, for me. That evening, in fact.

-- Two signs advertising wild boar hunting. No thanks.

-- A guy urinating on the side of the road. I mean, he wasn't even attempting to hide behind his pickup truck. We're not talking complete backwoods -- State Road 70 is only a two-lane road for the most part, but it is one of the main options to cut across central Florida. So the guy's pickup was parked on the side of the road, and there he was, not even ducking behind an open passenger's door, just peein' into the grass under the bright afternoon sun. He kind of casually looked over his shoulder as I whizzed past (well, you know what I mean).

-- A couple of wild boar on the side of the road. At least, I think that's what they were. They sure didn't look like coyotes. It was a better scene than the guy by the pickup truck.

-- Gary's Homemade Ice Cream. Made sure to pull in there.

-- "Three Amigos Chinese and Mexican To Go." The sign also advertised "Chef Chang." Love Mexican food. Really like Chinese food. Passed.


Bill Ladson, who covers the Washington Nationals for MLB.com, had his car window smashed by a foul ball while the club was working out Tuesday.

Now, that in itself would not have been all that interesting. What is wildly entertaining, though, is the fact that it's the second time in three springs now that Ladson will have had to return a rental car for the same reason.

In the spring of '07, he was parked close enough to one of the practice fields that Chris Snelling drilled a ball through his front wind shield.

Monday, infield prospect Kory Casto rocketed a ball through Ladson's driver's side window.

Ladson was talking with outfielder Elijah Dukes in the clubhouse when media relations director John Dever approached and said, "Bill, I've got some bad news for you." One of the security guards out by the field recognized Ladson's car.

So the poor fellow was to make an unplanned 45-minute drive (one way) to the Orlando airport later Tuesday to return the car. We'll see how understanding Budget is.

Two years ago, Ladson was renting from Alamo. What did they say when Ladson returned their car with his sad story?

"Nothing, actually," said the serial rental-car-window destroyer. "They understood."

Already, the Nationals are talking of moving their media parking spaces.

"We're actually talking about how, if people annoy us, we're going to move their parking into the outfield," Dever joked.

Likes: Nationals outfielder Lastings Milledge, who's really grown up from his very youthful days with the Mets. ... The distinctive Law & Order theme they play at Space Coast Stadium here as the umpires take the field. ... U2 on David Letterman all week. ... Friday Night Lights is wonderful this season. ... XM radio in rental cars. ... Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld reruns late night in the hotel room.

Dislikes: I don't mean to whine, but ... brrr, it has been chilly down here the past few days.

Sunblock day? Technically, yes. But the scoreboard reads 59 degrees right now. The "wind chill" makes it feel like the high 40s. I know you folks living in snow country feel real bad about this.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day

"What the people need
"Is a way to make 'em smile
"It ain't so hard to do if you know how
"Gotta get a message
"Get it on through"

-- Doobie Brothers, Listen to the Music




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