The English Channel and beyond...

Meet Katie. 

She is a little crazy (in a good way). 

Cause in August 2015, she is planning on swimming the English Channel! 

Gearing up to swim the English Channel, Katie Pumphrey swims 7,400 meters during her morning practice in Baltimore, Md. on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Gearing up to swim the English Channel, Katie Pumphrey swims 7,400 meters during her morning practice in Baltimore, Md. on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

The first of many videos about her adventure is coming soon! 

Spring Training

D.C. winters can be tough, so when I received marching orders from the Post to head down to Florida to covers the Washington Nationals' spring training I was more then happy to comply (even though my previous experience was limited to watching Cubs games with a beer - or two - in my hand during my time in Chicago). 

Players from the Washington Nationals check out a GoPro drone flying overhead during warmups on the second day of spring training in Viera, Florida on February 16, 2014.

Players from the Washington Nationals check out a GoPro drone flying overhead during warmups on the second day of spring training in Viera, Florida on February 16, 2014.

I've only been at the Post for about four months and I'm still desperate to prove myself - so I did the logical thing - I popped open a beer and settled in the read the 2013 Official Rules of Major League Baseball. This was my first of many mistakes I would make while on this assignment. Unless you want to me an umpire, do not try to read this! I only made it through 19 pages before I was so confused by the multiple exceptions to every rule that I developed a headache. I quickly realized that I was not going to become a baseball expert in two weeks so I enlisted the help of some very good friends. While in Viera, Florida, I would call Dave and talk things over before going into talk to the Post's reporters. This ensured I wouldn't sound like a complete idiot when talking to two of the two baseball reporters in the country. And it worked - most of the time.

 The whole experience kind of reminded me of groundhog day. You wake up, go to the clubhouse, check the schedule, head out to the practice fields, watch the players practice, listen to the coaches make the same jokes, head back to the clubhouse, interview the players, edit a video, grab a beer with the other reporters, and repeat. I felt like an old pro by the third day. 

Casey at the Bat statue outside Space Coast Stadium after a storm in Viera, Florida. 

Casey at the Bat statue outside Space Coast Stadium after a storm in Viera, Florida.