Last spring training the Nationals brought former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie to Viera, Fla. in a surprise appearance. He took batting practice swings and some photos with players.
2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in AL Central
Manager: Brad Ausmus, 2nd season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $172 million
Though Max Scherzer's contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats' payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million.
There are times when baseball is so grand, so worthy of awe.
Then there are times when it is so small, so petty.
Like the way it treated the legacy of Marvin Miller.