Tagged: Dan Kolko

Snow, Baseball, Spring Training, and No School

Snow. The simple word which instills joy in the hearts of kids everywhere. A word often associated with no school, meaning unexpected days for pure joy in the great outdoors. Snow days are an unrivaled present which allow for relaxing days with friends and family, marveling at the calmness of the white blanket.

We all remember the Snowpocalypse of 2010; when the Washington D.C. metro area was hit with over two feet of snow on two different occasions. Last night, Snowmageddon -2014 Edition took place as we all were fast asleep waiting to see what we woke up to. Much of the area was hit over 10 inches, and schools everywhere were closed. It is the first real significant accumulation of snow since those two massive storms just about four years ago.

The weather in Springfield, Virginia vs. Viera, Florida

The weather in Springfield, Virginia vs. Viera, Florida

While we are all digging out from this overnight onslaught, the Nationals’ Pitchers and Catchers, at long last, reported to Spring Training in Viera, Florida today! I would say the winter is over, but as I look out my window, that is obviously not the case. As you can tell from the picture, the weather today in Viera is much nicer than here in Virginia.

However, a little snow thought it could stop us from playing baseball? Good one.

The snow thought it could stop us? Good one

The snow thought it could stop us? Good one

Preparing for some adventures in the snow

Preparing for some adventures in the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many ways to show your baseball pride on snow days. Snow men are probably the best example and the grand prize has to go to the folks at Nationals 101. As you can see from the picture below, it seems the whole team has made an appearance.

A baseball team of snowmen created by the members of Nationals 101

A baseball team of snowmen created by the members of Nationals 101

Today has been so full of excitement. Up north, it stemmed from the day off of work and school, and down south in Viera from the Nationals reporting to camp. For us Nats fans, the combination of the two is almost too much to handle.

A photo taken by Dan Kolko of Jordan Zimmermann throwing a bullpen session today

A photo taken by Dan Kolko of Jordan Zimmermann throwing a bullpen session today

A photo by Mark Zuckerman this morning outside Space Coast Stadium

A photo by Mark Zuckerman this morning outside Space Coast Stadium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The snow has started to fall again and school for tomorrow, Friday, has been cancelled. So what will tomorrow entail? I’d love to know! Comment below on your favorite snow activities or tweet me pictures of your creations! Especially if they have a Nats theme to it.

Tonight, we can revel in the fact that Nationals baseball has started and we are snowed in for one more day. #Natitude has begun!

Stay safe and have fun everyone!

A Disclaimer on my Flash of Creativity

I am often filled with ideas of topics to write about and share, but it is once in a blue moon when I come up with a creative idea. In this case, I am referencing the title of my site, Our National(s) Pastime.

I thought for a long time about different titles, some better than others, but this kept coming back to me as one I knew would stick and that I would enjoy using. I decided to go for it and debut the site with a name I must say I was pretty excited to have thought of myself.

A little while after I published my first post, I Googled Our Nationals Pastime for fun to see what would come up. Lo and behold, I was not so creative after all. In an instance of pure and complete coincidence, Dan Kolko, the Nationals beat writer for MASN, had named his site Nationals Pastime. His site can be found here.

I quickly reached out to Dan via Twitter to make sure he didn’t mind me using a name extremely similar to his. I also didn’t want to run into any legal trouble for something I had done unintentionally and worked for so long to accomplish. Thankfully, he responded quickly and gave me the all-clear.

A response from the man himself

A response from the man himself

So I am now all good to go, barring any unforeseen roadblocks such as this one.

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#Natitude