Monday, March 09, 2009
When I first read Barry Svrluga's post tonight on Nationals Journal--I thought it was a mistake. An error written while hurrying to give fans an update, while still paying attention to the game at hand. Our Washington Nationals were playing The Houston Astros at Space Coast Stadium. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler were broadcasting tonight's affair on WFED--1500AM, 820 AM & 1050AM. While listening to them, watching The Netherlands play Puerto Rico in a World Baseball Classic Game on The MLB Network (with the sound down--of course) and browsing the internet for the latest Nats News--Barry posts up the following on NJ: Anyone who's seriously interested in this game is likely listening to the dulcet tones of Charlie Slowes and Dave Florida on WFED-1500 AM, but in case NJ is your only outlet, here you go with an early update.
Dave Florida? In the over three years that Svrluga covered Our Washington Nationals, that name had never crossed my way. Honestly, I don't ever recall that nickname for Dave Jageler. So, I really thought Barry had just made an honest mistake. Until, in the very next inning after his blog goes up--Charlie Slowes is on WFED commenting about Barry writing online about Dave's "Alter Ego".
Dave Jageler immediately replies: "Dave Florida--of course."
Obviously, there is some history with that name. And I got to find out how Dave Jageler came to be known as Dave Florida by Barry Svrluga. You can bet, I will be chatting with them about that moniker. It's a good one, and a moment which made the night listening to Spring Training Baseball on the radio again--all the more enjoyable--with Charlie & Dave at the microphones.
Later, The Boys of Summer would go after Barry on his penchant for eating most all lunches at Panera Bread in Viera while on assignment. Which immediately got Svrluga to write in an update that Dave was wearing a "NIFTY STRIPED SHIRT, Slowes a blue golf shirt..."
This threesome was digging at each other--poking fun--and letting their fans in on all the laughter.
When those covering the team, get along, know each other and still have fun at the same time while working--it makes watching and listening to games for Our Washington Nationals "In Viera--Even Better". Having Barry Svrluga back (with Chico Harlan off for one week) recalls some fond memories of Barry always giving his reports--at all hours on Nationals Journal--on DC Baseball from 2005 through the Mid-2008 Season. He was a tireless worker--well appreciated and respected.
It's nice to have him back--if only for a short return engagement.
PS--Of course Charlie & Dave were in Mid-Season Form. With Dave lamenting how in each of the three seasons he has headed down to Viera for Washington Nationals Spring Training--every single Space Shuttle Launch scheduled during his time on the ground in Central Florida has been scrubbed. That has happened again this week, as the latest delay to March 12th--will not allow for Dave Jageler to see this week's evening launch. Charlie immediately goes into this story about how great those night time launches can be. Recalling a trip with his family on a cruise out of Port Canaveral a few years back. Knowing the shuttle would be launched, the Cruise Ship moved out to sea and anchored--allowing all on board to watch from a very special location on deck. While heading from his cabin with his family, some stranger, a lady with the gift of gab--held them up--chatting at the elevator. When they were finally set free, Charlie opens the door leading to the outer deck, only to see The Space Shuttle already in the sky and heading downstream.
Looking to apologize to his oldest son for missing the take off--his son beats Charlie to the punch with: "Yeah, I know Dad, if it wasn't for that old lady in the elevator we would have seen it all!!" Very funny. Charlie & Dave cracking up on the radio.
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