Live from the road (Mike joins the blogging fun)

Hello from sunny Florida!

It’s been several years since I’ve written a blog post, so bear with me on this one.  Maybe it will be the first of many more to come.

Before I get too much farther down the page, I’d like to give a shout out (do people still say that??) to Paul for getting our official Auburn Doubledays Blog back up and running.  In fact, his posts got our blog into the top 25 of all Minor League team blogs for both January and February.  The rankings are based on unique views, so having Abner sitting at his computer and clicking the refresh button non-stop for the entire month of January didn’t help.

I hope this post gets us moving up the rankings for March!

Anyway, I spent the beginning part of the week at the New York-Penn League spring GM meetings in St. Pete Beach.  The NYPL does a nice job of getting the league’s executives together a few times a year to review league issues and make our league better.

Topics at this week’s meetings included stadium safety and security, the game schedule, and charitable/community programs that our teams participate in.

After a few days on the Gulf Coast, I made the drive over to Viera to check out the Nationals’ camp today.  Right when you drive into the Minor League complex you see this flag:

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Pretty cool, right?

Derek and I  got a chance to meet our new manager, Jerad Head, this morning  Jerad is a great guy and I know our fans will really like him.  We are working on bringing Jerad to Auburn for a “meet the manager”-type of event in May.  Stay tuned for details on that…

After some meetings inside the office, we got a chance to go outside, enjoy the nicest weather day of the week (Sunday-Tuesday were on the cool side for Florida, but don’t feel bad for me), and watch some baseball.

Today was a camp day, which means that instead of playing teams from another MLB organization, the Nats minor leaguers played two intersquad games.  It was a lot of fun to see many former Doubledays in action, including Adderling Ruiz, who knocked in a run with a ground ball single.

Now it’s time to get home, see my family, and get back to work…Happy Easter to those who will be celebrating this weekend.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share this post with your friends and leave your comments and questions below!

-MJV

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