With Denard Span moving on to sign with the San Francisco Giants, the Nationals are not only losing one of their best players, but their best quote. Here is a look back at the most memorable things he said as a member of the Nats:
On being born in D.C.:
"I don't think so. I don't think she planned on having me in Washington, D.C. I think she'd planned on having me in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and I ended up just popping out early."
On Twitter when he was stuck in D.C. traffic:
Tweeting as I’m in traffic hoping to get pulled over so that I can get to the field quicker #omg
On returning from injury in 2015 and getting a standing ovation:
"Just priceless, man. These fans have treated me so gracious through the ups [and] downs since I've been here for the last three years. [It's] just a warm feeling. When I came out and hearing the fans' excitement and even my teammates -- you could just tell the glow in their face, and it was genuine, and happy to see me back. It just means a lot."
On getting the No. 2 from Roger Bernadina:
“I don’t have Rolex money so he wasn’t getting no Rolex, maybe he would have got a Fossil or something like that. Or a pair of Nikes or something.”
On coming to D.C.:
“I’ve heard, what’s the term they give it, ‘Chocolate City?’ I looked at the roster and I was like, ‘man, I’m the only African-American on the team,’ I guess it’s up to me to bring a little chocolate to the team and to the city.”
On his team-record 29-game hit streak ending:
"It was a few things -- I haven't not gotten a hit in 29 days, so that felt weird, walking back to the dugout without getting a hit. I felt sad, like I let myself down, let the fans down, they've been rooting for me...but once I hear the round of applause, it did make me feel a bit better."
On how his alter ego helps him steal bases:
"Denard is the guy that is passive, the guy that is afraid to make a mistake. Then ‘Span is the guy that is a playmaker. Span is the smooth guy, the guy that would talk to a girl.’ It’s like the Urkel and the Stefan [from Family Matters]. I just had to walk off and kind of hype myself up for a second. And then I came back to first and was: ‘let’s go.’"
Span on setting a career-high in steals in 2014:
"You know what, this is something that I've been working on since the day I got drafted at 18. It's funny you say that because I probably feel the slowest I've ever felt in my career, just as far as getting older.”
On losing a ball in the fog at Wrigley Field:
"I didn’t even know it was coming at me, to be honest with you. I didn’t know where it was. I finally figured that the ball was coming towards me, because everybody was looking at me and pointing in my direction. But it is scary, because...once I figured out the ball was coming towards me, I didn’t want to look up. Because the last thing I wanted was to let a ball hit me in my pretty face."
On getting an ovation in his last game as a National:
"I was on the field, but that was difficult. The first game I came in and got the standing ovation, that was the best/worst feeling ever. The fans were happy that I was back, but deep down I knew that I couldn't give them what I normally can bring to this game and to the ballclub. People were telling me 'you looked good last game.' Yeah, I looked good. But I didn't feel good.”