Here he is. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
For about half an hour before Saturday's game, Pudge was positioned just to my left of the cages and held court. Nats coming out of the cage would chat, the circle surrounding him rarely was empty.
Notably, one Red after another came up to Pudge, words were exchanged, smiles all around and then athe common bro shake/hug. It didn't seem to matter if it was coaches, veterans or rookies they all seemed to want to pay their respects.
I'm not sure if this is what they mean by veteran presence but it sure seemed like it.
One other note. If you ever find yourself on the field before batting practice and you want player autographs do to things.
1) Be a kid. Kids getr all the attention.
2) Have the kid wear a visiting team jersey.