“His sinker would come in the zone like a strike and just sink out of it,” Suns catcher David Freitas added. “His is a little different than some of the guys on our team.”
Wang’s exact road back to the big leagues is still unclear. The Nationals will wait until he throws on the side this week before determining where and when his next start will be.
But some in the organization are convinced Wang’s path will in fact lead to Washington.
“I wouldn’t say that the door [back to the majors] is closed by any stretch,” said Suns pitching coach Chris Michalak, who also worked with Wang in the fall. “He’s here for a reason — to some day help us out at the big-league level.”
Oh, how that would delight Meng and the others who waited more than an hour for Wang to step out into the parking lot Monday night.
Meng worked her way to the front of the pack, handed Wang a marker and turned her back so he could sign his autograph on her jersey between his name and number. She spun back around when he was finished and said, “Xiexie,” — Mandarin for “thank you.” Wang nodded and kept on signing whatever the next person put in front of him.
“I’m very excited!” Meng said moments later. “I’m going to call my parents tonight in Taiwan.”