’s Jon Paul Morosi: The Jonathan Johnston Story

Jonathan Johnston turns 27 next month. Ideally, he would be entering his fifth full season of professional baseball. By now, he should have reached Triple A — maybe even the majors. The Oakland A’s might be talking about him as a potential backup catcher for a 2011 team that is expected to be very good.

But here’s the reality: The United States is at war, and the Navy wouldn’t let him play.