Sandlot character was inspiration for Kevin Frandsen’s off-the-wall grab

April 30, 2014

Nationals utility man Kevin Frandsen had made one career start in left field before this season, which only adds to the ridiculousness of his highlight-reel, behind-the-back catch of a ball that caromed off the wall at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.

Via Kilgore, who wrote about both of the Nationals’ dazzling plays last night:

“That was unbelievable,” first baseman Adam LaRoche said. “That might be the play of the year, especially since he never saw it. That was unreal.”

“If I went for that and tried to do that, that would be pretty awesome,” Frandsen said. “There was no effort in making that happen. It just happened.”

Today, Frandsen revealed the inspiration for his web gem — Scotty Smalls from “The Sandlot.”

It wasn’t quite how Bill taught Scotty (“Just keep your eye on the ball and put your glove up, you’ll catch it”) but boy was it impressive.

The Nats have a history of making incredible plays in Houston. The stakes weren’t as high, but Frandsen’s play ranks up there with Roger Bernadina’s leaping grab to preserve a 3-2, 12th-inning win in 2012.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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