Both Johnson and Schneider were part of the 2005 Nats who brought baseball back to DC and will always be sentimental fan favorites. As Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post said about the 2005 team, “Part of me thinks those guys, just by happenstance, shouldn’t have to buy drinks here for perpetuity, and it has nothing to do with their abilities as ballplayers.”
Schneider was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fifth round of the 1995 amateur draft and made his MLB debut on May 26, 2000 at age 23. Schneider was with the Expos/Nationals through 2007 so never dressed in a Nats uniform at Nationals Park. Schneider went on to play for the New York Mets and the last three seasons with Philadelphia Phillies so Nats fans had the opportunity to see Schneider often.
We wish Brian Schneider the best.