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Denard Span compares himself to Urkel, credits his Stefan-esque alter ego with walk-off win

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Nationals center fielder Denard Span is batting .302 with 34 doubles and 27 steals this season, so it seems a little odd that he's comparing himself to Steve Urkel -- the accident-prone dweeb from the '90s sitcom Family Matters. But when you get down into the guts of his comparison, it begins to make sense.

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On Thursday night, Span and the Nationals won their 10th straight ballgame, which also happened to be their fifth walk-off victory in six contests. It all started with a ninth-inning single by Span, who proceeded to steal second base to get himself into scoring position. When D-backs third baseman Jordan Pacheco overthrew first base on the next play, it allowed Span to come around and score the winning run on the walk-off error.

After the game, Span was asked about his clutch swipe of second base:

"Denard is the guy that is passive, the guy that is afraid to make a mistake," Span said. "Then he says 'Span is the guy that is a playmaker. Span is the smooth guy, the guy that would talk to a girl.' It's like the Urkel and the Stefan [from Family Matters]. I just had to walk off and kind of hype myself up for a second. And then I came back to first and was: 'let's go.'"

So, basically, Span's baseline is Urkel and the guy who shows up in the clutch is Stefan. Wait, does this mean that the Nats have a clubhouse Trans Chamber and a stash of chlorodoxycycline?!

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[h/t HBT]


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