WASHINGTON — Nationals great Livan Hernandez won’t be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for NLDS Game 1 after all.
With the National League Division Series against the Dodgers slated to start at Nationals Park Friday, the Nats had announced Hernandez, the first pitcher in Nationals team history to throw a pitch in 2005, would open the postseason for the Nationals.
Hernandez, however, was unable to travel to attend the game in D.C. due to Hurricane Matthew. Replacing him, the Nationals say a “surprise guest” will instead throw out Game 1’s ceremonial first pitch.
Former National Adam LaRoche — since retired — and his son, Drake, will handle ceremonial duties ahead of Game 2 on Saturday.