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Denard Span’s mom is a great hitting coach

Aug 25, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

Denard Span AP

Outfielder Denard Span has not had a great first year with the Washington Nationals. Acquired from the Twins in the off-season for pitching prospect Alex Meyer, the Nats expected Span to be a threat on the bases and provide some occasional power. Span, however, entered this afternoon’s game against the Royals hitting .264 with just two home runs and 11 stolen bases in 17 attempts.

Span’s mother texted her son last night with some sage hitting advice. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

As the tweet notes, Span homered in the seventh inning today against Royals starter Ervin Santana. Span also swung at the first pitch from Santana in the top of the third inning and singled, and got another hit on the first pitch in the ninth against Royals closer Greg Holland. He finished the day 4-for-5, raising his batting average to .270 in the process.

You may recall that Mrs. Span had been in the news previously when Denard inadvertently hit her with a foul ball during a spring training game against the Yankees in 2010.

  1. bfunk1978 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    No I don’t recall that at all, but man that’s gotta make you feel awful as a son.

    • lazlosother - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      I don’t know. The woman seems to be indomitable. Hitting her with a foul ball may be more scary than anything else.

    • simalex - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Maybe I’m missing something but why would this make you feel awful? Because only dads are allowed to have wisdom about hitting?

      • simalex - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        Ack, totally mis-read what you were repsonding to, @bfunk. Yes, it would feel awful to hit your parents with a foul ball. Sorry!

      • bfunk1978 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        I would just feel guilty, and jokes about domestic abuse just aren’t funny btw.

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