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Posted at 5:20 PM ET, 03/ 5/2011

Jeff Frazier takes CC Sabathia deep

By Dave Sheinin

Jeff Frazier grew up in New Jersey as a New York Mets fan, but seemingly everyone else he knew back home rooted for the Yankees. Which is why the 28-year-old outfielder took an extra measure of satisfaction in homering off Yankees ace CC Sabathia in the third inning of the Nationals' 10-8 victory on Saturday.

He said he had at least 10 friends and family members in the stands, and heard numerous chants of "Jer-sey! Jer-sey!" as he rounded the bases. He also doubled in the fourth inning against Joba Chamberlain, as the Nationals forced both Sabathia and Chamberlain out of the game in mid-inning pitching changes.

Although Frazier has virtually no shot at making the Nationals' roster out of spring training, he intrigued them after hitting 25 homers at Class AAA in the Detroit Tigers' organization, and quickly signed him as a minor-league free agent this winter.

"I know he's got power, and he demonstrated that in the minors," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's taken some great [batting practice]. He had a great one before the game. I'm just happy for him. He had a big day in front of his family. The ball definitely jumps off his bat."

Frazier said he made a breakthrough last season by dropping his hands in his batting stance, and agreed with a description of him as a late-bloomer.

"It's night and day with the power, compared with years before," Frazier said. "I'd definitely say [I was a] late-bloomer, because I feel better now with my swing than I have at any time in my career."

By Dave Sheinin  | March 5, 2011; 5:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Kudos to Mr. Frazier. It'll be his one, and only, highlight while in a Natinals uniform.

Bet lots of Natinal fans needed a kleenex or 2, to help "clean up themselves" after the Natinals won a meaningless Spring Training game against the Yanks.

Oh how miserable this blog will be come, oh say May or June, when the Natinals and their fans are already looking forward to 2012.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 5, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Jeff and his brother Todd, who is the Reds system, i think, both went to the Little League World Series back in the late '90s, from Toms River, NJ. Hope he gets a shot with somebody, if not the Nats.

Posted by: nats24 | March 5, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

POOPy-

Put a Frazier on your team and you will win. They have won at every level. Ultimate teammates. And definitely not Jeff's one and only highlight. Stay tuned this year.

Posted by: johnnyg1629 | March 6, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

POOPy-

Put a Frazier on your team and you will win. They have won at every level. Ultimate teammates. And definitely not Jeff's one and only highlight. Stay tuned this year.

Posted by: johnnyg1629 | March 6, 2011 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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