You really can’t help but feel good for Denard Span, who was traded to his hometown team under circumstances that made it hard for fans to welcome him. The game didn’t start out well for him, when a perfectly-placed bloop between Span and Kevin Kiermaier turned into a hair-raising near collision and an inside-the-park home run.
But it ended well, and you can tell how meaningful that was for Span—he wore it on his sleeve.
Also make sure to take a look at Span during the interview. The guy’s not just saying that. He cares.
- Look, it was the first game of the regular season for all of us, and rust is normal. I like Bill Chastain’s writing. I like how he structured the intro to his game recap to point out how difficult it can be to hit against Carson Smith, rather than treating the eventual outcome as a sure thing. But . . . I think that maybe he was looking for a different word to transition into his second sentence: