Nick Johnson
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"Nicholas Robert "Nick" Johnson" is an United States/American former professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter. During his career Johnson played for the New York Yankees (2001–2003; 2010), Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals (2004–2009), Florida Marlins (2009), and Baltimore Orioles (2012).

Johnson was known for his patience and discipline at the plate, which led to him having a career on-base percentage of .399. Lifetime, with the bases loaded he had a .370 batting average, a .444 on-base percentage, 72 Run batted in/runs batted in, and 2 Grand slam (baseball)/grand slams in 73 at-bats. Johnson was also the last remaining player on the Nationals' roster to relocate with the team from Montreal, before being traded to the Marlins at the 2009 non-waiver trade deadline.

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You play to win, to get that World Series ring, All-Star games and whatever comes with it.

I can play anywhere!

When you get on base, holes open up and things happen and you're able to find a way to score runs.

I think maybe L.A. or San Francisco could be rushed, but Sacramento is just laid back!

I just try to get on anyway that I can, hit, hit-by-pitch, walk, home runs, anything.

You look at all the great players that they've had and the potential of playing in Yankee Stadium.

I was happy that I was drafted, and then it was the Yankees and that just made it even better.

It's not easy working in the midst of colleagues and corporate representatives whom you are essentially criticizing, reading trade press accounts regularly challenging your motives, responding to wild, imaginative charges, knowing you are cutting yourself off from future governmental appointments or lucrative jobs in the industry.

I just wanted to go play in the big leagues. But possibly playing for the Yankees is very special.