Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Visual evidence of the conditions this morning at Space Coast Stadium.
The temperature is 41 degrees, but throw in a stiff, northerly breeze and the wind chill factor is 34. (I know, I know. This is falling on absolutely deaf ears back in Washington. Point is, this is quite rare for these parts.)
The show will go on, though, and at the top of the hour the entire Nationals roster will take the practice fields for their first official, full-squad workout of the spring. Everybody is present, accounted for, has passed their physical and is bundled up in October-style gear for today's session.
Before they embark from the clubhouse, manager Davey Johnson is holding his annual spring training meeting, but don't get too excited. Johnson doesn't regale his troops with inspiring stories or Knute Rockne speeches.
"It's not a club that needs to be motivated or rah-rah," he said. "We're kind of all grinders. We're going to put in an honest day's work."
For the most part, Johnson planned only to run through a few procedures and reminders, while also warning his players to be careful what they say or do on social media.
Hopefully, he also warned them to wear layers this morning.