"It was cool to be able to be from Columbia and play for the Nationals," he said.
Steve Lombardozzi has been a strong spot on a weak bench, but will it lead to more playing time?
The second-year player is hitting .313 over the past two months.
Steve Lombardozzi starts instead of Espinosa, who is likely to sit the final two games of the Braves series.
The rookie, a key to the Nationals success throughout a season of injuries, reflects on his rookie season and his offseason.
The Nationals second baseman-left fielder and his family decided to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and are taking donations of supplies and driving them to New Jersey on Tuesday.
The Columbia native and Nationals infielder-outfielder hopes to help his father, a former major leaguer who was recently named baseball coach at Good Counsel High.