There was a lot of discussion and head-shaking when the Nationals sent Center Fielder Ryan Church to AAA New Orleans after Spring Training. Most folks seemed to think that Church got the bad end of the stick from the Nationals and wasted a good shot with a potentially great young outfielder. However, on Friday, Big Frank and Jimmy Bo did some serious shakeup work on the then 2-8 Nationals. They brought up Ryan Church and Brendan Harris, both of whom have had game-saving consequences since their arrival.
On Saturday, Brendan Harris leapt an approximate 387 feet above the ground in order to snag a ball well over his head to protect John Patterson’s 8 inning, 13 strikeout mutilation of the Florida Marlins. On Sunday, Ryan Church went 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 4 batted in, including driving home the game winner in the top of the ninth.
Anyone else wondering what would’ve happened if we’d brought these guys up on Opening Day?
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