Andrew Stevenson had the craziest Tuesday

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 22, 2018 - 6:59 am
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The flurry of trades on Tuesday that saw the Nationals ship out Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams certainly must have shocked many in the organization, but that's nothing compared to what Andrew Stevenson went through to not only get to Nats Park, but play a part in Washington's 10-4 win over the Phillies.

Stevenson began the day in Syracuse, getting set to play for the Triple-A Chiefs against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Around 2:30 p.m., he learned he was being called up to the Nats, along with infielder Adrian Sanchez, to take the roster spots previously occupied by Murphy and Adams. 

Unable to get a flight to D.C. at such short notice, Stevenson and Sanchez were forced to drive. And with Sanchez taking along his wife and child, Stevenson had to drive alone.

Thus, an epic road trip through the rain from Syracuse to Washington began. 

Six hours later, Stevenson and Sanchez arrived at the ballpark, the game in the midst of a rain delay. 

The game resumed, and the Phillies gradually built a 4-2 lead. With one out and Matt Wieters on first in the bottom of the sixth, Davey Martinez pinch-hit Stevenson for reliever Jimmy Cordero. Then, this happened. 

It was Stevenson's first homer of his MLB career, and capped out what must have been one of the most insane days of his life. The fun didn't stop there for the Nats, though, as Wilmer Difo stepped up to the plate after Stevenson and broke the 4-4 deadlock. 

The Nats tacked on five more runs to close out the victory, and if he hadn't dealt with another moisture that day already, Stevenson got a post-game Gatorade shower for his pinch-hit, game-tying homer.

It's unlikely Stevenson's heroics turn the Nats' season around, but the story of his legendary Tuesday 100-percent deserves a film adaptation. 

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