Ankiel takes pride in defense

Ankiel takes pride in defense

NEW YORK -- Rick Ankiel is arguably the best center fielder in Nationals history. He has already made several phenomenal defensive plays, the latest coming Wednesday night with the winning run at the plate.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes hit a 2-0 pitch to the gap in left-center. It looked as though the ball was going to drop for at least a two-run double, but Ankiel had other ideas, diving and making a sensational catch to end the game.

Asked how he became an excellent defensive center fielder, Ankiel said, "I just try and work on it. You work on your jumps every day. I think over time, when you put your time in, it starts to become a little more natural. You just become better at it."