Andrew Stevenson is looking at the bright side - he's getting more time with his family.
"I still have three other brothers and we did a little fishing trip during the week, I can't remember the last time we did that," he said in a Zoom interview from his home in Youngsville. "Normally I'm not home to do that. To have this extra family time is not a bad thing to have."
It was was just a few months ago that Stevenson was up on a float, days removed from winning the World Series.
"Imagine a big Mardi Gras parade, but condensed with the same number of people. It looked like a million people out there. It was unbelievable, the turnout," he recalls.
The Nationals beat the Astros in a seven-game World Series. Washington took the championship on the road at Minute Maid Park. A surreal moment for Stevenson who grew up an Astros fan.
"Some of the first big league games I went to were in Houston," he said. "So that was the first taste of what a major league stadium looks like, and the feel of it. So it was cool to be apart of that World Series playing against Houston, and in Houston and be apart it. So it's coming full circle."
Real baseball feels forever ago. Players were pulled from spring training in mid-March. The planned opening day was to be a few weeks later. Instead, Nationals Park sits empty and a return date remains a moving target.
"I definitely feel like it's getting closer," he said. "Everything I'm hearing is make sure you're getting ready because they can give you a call and you might have to shoot over to Florida, or wherever they're holding spring training in a moment's notice."
On Thursday, ESPN reported that Major League Baseball is finalizing a return proposal that it will send to the MLB Players Union.
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