Bullpen catcher Sam Palace finally gets his major league opportunity with the Nats

James Wagner:

As Nationals players and support staff were introduced one by one on the field before Monday’s season opener at Citi Field, one sported perhaps the broadest grin of all. Forgive Sam Palace; he just couldn’t contain his zeal.

For the past few seasons, he was one of the Nationals’ minor league bullpen catchers who but managed to fulfill his dream by playing in a handful of games. But now, Palace, 27, stood on a major league field, as part of a major league team, for the first time in his life, promoted to serve as one of the Nationals’ bullpen catchers a week ago, and he was proud.