WASHINGTON — Over his four years in Washington, Adam LaRoche developed into something of a fan favorite.
He departed the Nationals for the Chicago White Sox in 2015, then he unceremoniously retired after the team asked him to stop bringing his son, Drake, into the clubhouse. Since that happened, back in March, LaRoche has remained retired, and his decision briefly created controversy throughout the sports world.
On Wednesday at Grant and Danny’s Nats postseason pep rally, Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Valerie Camillo revealed LaRoche would come back to Washington to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 2 of the NLDS.
Not only that, but LaRoche’s son Drake will join the former big-leaguer.
“We’re a family-oriented team,” Camillo said, seemingly taking a jab at the White Sox.
Adding yet another fun wrinkle for Nationals fans: Camillo announced who would throw out the first pitch in Game 1, as well.
Livan Hernandez pitched 17 seasons in the majors, including seven with the Nationals/Expos. He was the first starting pitcher for the franchise when it moved to Washington in 2005, pitching 5.2 innings in an 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Both players hold a special place in Nationals lore, and fans quickly showed their appreciation.