Family rallies for St. Thomas More, LSU alum heading to MLB World Series with Nationals

Leigh Guidry
The Daily Advertiser
May 2, 2018: Washington Nationals center fielder Andrew Stevenson (45) hits a two-run doubleagainst the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park.

Andrew Stevenson is heading into yet another baseball world series.

Back in 2005 when he was 11, he was one of the Lafayette All-Stars playing in the Little League World Series.

Later as an LSU Tiger, he competed in Omaha for the College World Series championship twice — in 2013 and 2015.

It was then that his dad, Will Stevenson, thought "what if?" What if one day his son made it to Major League Baseball and "the" World Series?

"I always said, 'How cool would that be?'" Will said. "When he was at the Little League World Series and the College World Series, I remember then thinking that (the MLB World Series) would be unbelievable."

Well, he better believe it.

Andrew Stevenson (center) stands with his parents Will and Stephanie Stevenson and two of his three brothers after a game. Stevenson is a member of the Washington Nationals.

Stevenson, 25, and the rest of his Washington Nationals team will take on the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series.

Stevenson, a St. Thomas More High School graduate, was drafted to the Nationals organization as the 58th player chosen overall in the second round in 2015.

At that time Stevenson was the Tigers’ top hitter with a .356 batting average, and he had 11 doubles, five triples, 26 stolen bases and 53 runs scored.

"It's been pretty amazing since he got drafted by the Nationals," his dad Will said. "There have been a lot of ups and downs."

Stevenson was called up in 2017 and appeared in 37 games with the Nationals throughout the season.

He shuffled back and forth between the Majors and the Minors the last two seasons, but seems to have found his place with the Nationals this year, playing in 31 games and batting .367 (11-for-30) with one double, one triple and five runs scored.

The Lafayette native scored the tying run on Oct. 1 as a pinch runner during a three-run, eighth-inning rally, as the Nationals erased a 3-1 deficit and posted a 4-3 Wild Card game victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

"He's very motivated," his dad said. "He sets his goals. He's got a plan and he sticks to it. I don't think he's finished accomplishing goals."

When describing her son's strong work ethic and intense focus, mom Stephanie Stevenson brims with pride. She calls him "inspiring." 

Being in the MLB World Series has always been one of his goals, and she's proud to see it happening so soon.

"He wanted to make the MLB roster. He wanted to play in the games and he wanted to make it to the World Series. And he did," she said.

She said they can hear the excitement in Andrew's voice when he calls, despite being a very laid back person.

"When you can hear it in his voice, he's fired up," she said.

Josh Stevenson, Mathew Stevenson, Haley Stevenson, Liam Stevenson, Will Stevenson, Michelle Stevenson, Stephanie Stevenson, and William Stevenson III. Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

The Stevenson family will be watching game one Tuesday from Acadiana, not Houston.

"Every time he comes up to bat, every time he gets a chance to contribute, we get very nervous over here at home," Stephanie said. "It's kind of a roller coaster ride."

Then "the whole entourage" will head to Washington, D.C., for the weekend series, Stephanie said.

"Hopefully they can pull it out then," Will said with a smile in his voice. "To go and see the team play in Washington, a town that hasn't ever had a world championship, it would be a special thing if they do."

Actually, long before Stevenson's time, the 1924 Washington Senators won the World Series, but it has been a dry stretch for the city since.

Stevenson's two previous world series appearances didn't end in victory. In 2005, the team traveled to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and advanced all the way to the national semifinals before being eliminated by Hawaii. 

LSU made it to Omaha but was eliminated by University of North Carolina in 2013 and Texas Christian University in 2015.

Of course, Stevenson's family is looking for a different outcome this time, but they're careful how much they say that in Acadiana.

"We've got to watch how we talk about it," he laughed. "We're Astros fans, too. That's just not how it worked out."