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.
“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.”
My true inspiration for getting that ball off the wall last night…. pic.twitter.com/jgT0KJxIxf
— Kevin Frandsen (@KevinFrandsen) April 30, 2014
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.