Sure, the numbers don't back it up, but we've got no problem with this move, and no argument other than that Watson earned his shot based on his spring performance (which isn't much of an argument). But would you really rather start the season with Church or Watson leading off and playing center? We'll take our chances with Watson.
"As I told Ryan earlier today, Brandon Watson just beat him out...Pure and simple, he beat him out on the baseball field. You have to perform here." (Jim Bowden, via Washington Post, 3/29/2006)
"Shocked -- only word I can say...But I'll keep my mouth shut, show up and do what I've got to do. Hopefully I'll be up in a couple of weeks." (Ryan Church, via Washington Times, 3/29/2006)