The Nationals will have an ode to their past before Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Thursday, as former Nats starter Livan Hernandez will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to current first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The two were teammates for five seasons in Washington.
Hernanez was supposed to kick off the Nats' series against the Dodgers with the first pitch for Game 1 last Friday, but Hurricane Matthew affected his travel plans flying in from Florida. The Nationals instead had injured catcher Wilson Ramos do the honor.
Hernandez, 41, had two stints with the franchise. He was with the Montreal Expos from 2003 through 2004, two seasons in which he made the All-Star team, and continued to pitch as a member of the Nationals into the 2006 season once they moved to Washington. He then returned in 2009 for three more years before leaving to pitch for the Braves and Brewers in 2012, his final MLB season.
Known as 'Livo,' Hernandez was a fan favorite in Washington and holds the team record for career starts as a National. Since leaving the game as a player, he has spent time with the Nationals organization as a special assistant.
The Nationals had former first baseman Adam LaRoche throw out the first pitch of Game 2 in Washington.
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