Bob Boooooone offers up good news.

I don’t know about you, but I sure do feel better about Aaron Boone’s recent health scare after seeing this expression on his dad’s face:


It’s not that I didn’t believe the Astros when they put out a release Thursday that said Aaron Boone’s heart surgery was a success. But it’s always good to hear it from a family member, and according to Bob Boone (who, as Assistant GM for the Nationals, was at batting practice before the Astros-Nats game Saturday morning), Aaron is out of ICU and resting comfortably.

You can read about it here:

Bob also said he tried to check out the incision on Aaron’s chest, but the younger Boone wasn’t giving any sneak peeks.

“He clutched a pillow the whole time,” Bob said.


Wandy Rodriguez threw six innings in a Triple-A game against Washington Saturday, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out six. Pudge Rodriguez caught that game, going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and one walk. He also stole a base. Geoff Blum played in a Double-A game and went 0-for-4.

Today’s assortment of pictures are from batting practice Saturday morning on a windy, warm day at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.:

Radio announcer Dave Raymond interviews hitting coach Sean Berry for the pregame show.


Darin Erstad and Jason Michaels, waiting for batting practice to start.



Chris Johnson, future third baseman. Don’t forget about this guy — even if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training, we’ll be hearing from him soon.


Kazuo Matsui takes batting practice.


A look at Quintero hitting, from behind the cage.


Miguel Tejada, warming up from his knees (not sure why).



LOL, probably just because he’s just being Miggy. It cracks me up when a pitch is being thrown and he gets ready in case it comes his way, backing up and doing a little dance with his right hand in his glove.

Excellent news about Aaron Boone. The fact that he wouldn’t let his dad see his incision made me smile…sounds like he’s feeling pretty good under the circumstances.

LOL, that reminds me, does anyone else remember that music they used to play along to Tejada last season on the television broadcasts? I hope they do that again this year, it was pretty funny.

Hey Alyson, I attended this game at the last minute (I live close to Viera now) and could see you up there, no doubt updating this blog among other things. It wasn’t a very inspiring performance by the team, but it is just spring training afterall, so I won’t read too much into it, plus some key players weren’t there. As I type this the weather is pretty nasty over here on the coast – not sure if they’ll get their game in today or not…thanks for the pre-game pics.

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