Nick Johnson returns to Nationals Park
First baseman Nick Johnson was at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Only this time, he was in the visiting clubhouse wearing a Marlins uniform.
Four days ago, Johnson learned that the Nationals traded him to Florida for left-hander Aaron Thompson. Johnson now finds himself in a pennant race.
Entering Tuesday’s action, the Marlins are five games behind the Phillies in NL East Division race and three games behind the Rockies in the Wild Card standings.
“I’m excited,” Johnson said. “We have a very good team. We are right there for the Wild Card and the division. So that’s what you play for — is to win.”
Johnson acknowledged that it’s weird being in the Marlins’ dugout after spending five-plus years with the Nationals/Expos.
“It’s a little different, but you get over that pretty quick and it’s all about winning a ballgame,” Johnson said.
When Johnson arrived in Washington on Sunday night, he went straight to his apartment to spend time with his wife, Liz, and his two children.
In his first at-bat on Tuesday, Johnson received an ovation that was lukewarm compared to the loud ovation outfielder Nyjer Morgan received on Friday when he returned to PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Johnson ended up driving in a run with a single to right against right-hander J.D. Martin.