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He was called up from Triple-A Ottawa on Aug. 2, 1995. He showed up for a night game at noon and general manager Bill Stoneman had to let him in the clubhouse. Manager Felipe Alou put him in the lineup. He drove in a run and scored a run in addition to collecting two hits.

“It’s the greatest day of your life,” Santangelo said. “Bill Stoneman said, ‘Don’t you think you’re early?’ I told him, ‘I’ve been waiting for this day my whole life. There’s no such thing as early.’ He tells that story at speaking engagements.

“The No. 7 was hanging in my locker. It was one of those moments you try not to get choked up. Felipe put me in the lineup that night because I got there at noon. I got two hits, and stayed seven years.”

Nationals manager Davey Johnson, now 70 and in what he says is his last year as the team’s field boss, was 22 when he made his debut for the Orioles on April 13, 1965. He pinch-hit for pitcher Steve Barber, and struck out.

But, proving perhaps Rendon can indeed take a mulligan, Johnson’s most prominent memory from his early days is of another game.

“It was against Whitey Ford and the Yankees. I did get a base hit,” Johnson said. “Then he proceeded to pick me off first.

“I remember later in the game I got to third base and Billy Hunter said to me if you get picked off third, we’re sending you to Thomasville, Ga. I never got very far off the base the rest of my career. It hurt my stolen base count.”